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Driver Attention
Mydesign   11/5/2013 8:36:32 AM
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"The life-saving feature is one in which the handset would know whether it was sitting in the driver's seat or the passenger's seat in a moving car. It could then enable the speaker and, more importantly, disable the texting functionality.'

Richard, thanks for innovation and hope accident cases may come down. Most of the accidents are happening because of the diversion of driver's attention by gadgets.

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Rob Spiegel   11/5/2013 8:49:28 AM
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MyDesign, the same thing in the story caught my attention -- disabling text for the driver. What a great leap forward for humankind. It would save many, many lives.

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Charles Murray   11/5/2013 7:35:23 PM
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It's true, Rob -- it would save lives. No matter how many times you see public service announcements telling people not to use handsets for talking and texting while they drive, they keep doing it. I see people doing it every day on the road.

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Mydesign   11/9/2013 1:43:18 AM
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"the same thing in the story caught my attention -- disabling text for the driver. What a great leap forward for humankind. It would save many, many lives."

Rob, apart from that there are many other things which can diverts driver attentions. Sleeping, communicating over phone, with out a hand free etc.

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Rob Spiegel   11/10/2013 8:55:05 AM
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Good point, Mydesign. But I've always believed the problem with talking on the phone has less to do with a hand on the phone and more to do with the attention to the conversation. Drinking coffee while driving surrenders a hand, but I don't think that impairs driving.

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Re: Driver Attention
Mydesign   11/12/2013 12:22:02 AM
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"But I've always believed the problem with talking on the phone has less to do with a hand on the phone and more to do with the attention to the conversation. Drinking coffee while driving surrenders a hand, but I don't think that impairs driving."

Rob, the lesson is if drivers are careful then passengers are secured. But in certain unfortunate situation, accidents can happen due to the carelessness of other vehicles drivers too.

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William K.   11/19/2013 11:08:41 AM
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I am seeing a real challenge with the reliable sensing of a person's position in the car. What parameters change? And why will the data from a constantly active sensor be more useful than from a sensor that is on for a single millisecond each second? What I see is an interesting development seeking to find a useful application. But to come up with some rational reasons for constant sensing instead of frequent periodic sensing is going to take a bit more creativity, it appears. One simple function that could provide an actual benefit would be to sense the surrounding noise level and adjust both the earpiece volume and the microphone sensitivity accordingly. But that is simple, and would not require any new sensors.

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