I admit it -- I like TV as much as the next guy. I love the Food Network and I tune in to MTV religiously every Monday night to see what the Teen Moms are up to. But television in the front seat of your car?
Recently, Senior Editor Chuck Murray told you about this, and I can't help but wonder -- who can't wait to get home in order to see what the Kardashians are complaining about? Is a DVR considered passé?
Luckily, regulators, automakers, and suppliers told us front-seat television technology is unlikely to take hold here in the US. A Toyota spokesman said his company is "categorically against it." But, there are aftermarket companies out there who sell and install conversion kits.
One such company offers this disclaimer:
Warning: The vehicle driver must always keep their eyes and attention on the road at all times.
In my opinion, by offering the technology, they are basically saying: We don't want you to watch TV and drive, but here's a TV for the front seat of your car so you can watch TV and drive.
There should be a law, but there isn't, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A Google search will tell you exactly what you can and can't do with your cellphone in any given state, but you apparently have free rein to watch the boobtube while speeding down the interstate.
I contacted a few different police departments, hoping to get their take on this new technology -- so far, the only response I have received came from the Seattle, WA, PD who said, "We typically don't offer up opinion in situations likes this; it's something we try to steer clear of." (No pun intended.)
Can't say that I blame them.
What do you think? Would you outfit your in-dash navigation to function as a television? Tell us in the comments section below.
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