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Touchpads Put In-Car Entertainment at Your Fingertips
4/19/2012

Fixed in an armrest or steering wheel spoke, TRW's touch pad would enable drivers to communicate with the vehicle without taking their eyes off the road.   (Source: TRW Automotive)
Fixed in an armrest or steering wheel spoke, TRW's touch pad would enable drivers to communicate with the vehicle without taking their eyes off the road.
(Source: TRW Automotive)

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Charles Murray
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Re: Oh, No...Not Something Else to Distract :(
Charles Murray   5/23/2012 9:40:26 PM
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Most of the studies I've seen have indicated that texting is as bad or worse than drinking and driving.

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Re: Oh, No...Not Something Else to Distract :(
Nancy Golden   5/3/2012 7:44:30 PM
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That's true, Charles. The big electronic signs on I-90 in Dallas have replaced Don't Drink and Drive with Don't Text and Drive!

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Charles Murray   5/3/2012 7:35:23 PM
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That's probably not even unrealistic, Nancy, given the fact that 3,000 people per year die in the U.S. as a result of driver distraction.

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Nancy Golden   5/1/2012 9:08:36 PM
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And that's what I'm afraid of, Charles -

We'll see be seeing MATAD campaigns along with MADD campaigns in the future...

MOTHERS AGAINST TEXTING AND DRIVING

Charles Murray
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Re: Oh, No...Not Something Else to Distract :(
Charles Murray   5/1/2012 8:25:47 PM
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I definitely agree, Nancy. I actually agree with NTSB, too. I would prefer to see a law that says you have to stow your phone while driving. People won't stop that behavior unless there's a more powerful motivation to do so.

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Rob Spiegel   4/30/2012 1:32:20 PM
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I find touchpads easier, but it does require one hand and both eyes. Until we can keep one eye on the touchpad while keeping the other on the road, the touchpad will mean that the driver is looking away from the road. It only takes a couple seconds in inattention to get into trouble.

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mrdon   4/30/2012 12:54:44 AM
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Voice Recognition software has come along way since it introduction in the late 80's early 90's. My 12 year old son was able to train the Dragon Speech software on my wife's Window 7 computer in less than 20 minutes. Now he's able to write his school papers by speaking instead of typing. If this software or something similar was used in vechicles as to a touchpad, then texting while driving would be less of a distraction. Also, operating infotainment systems in vehicles become hands-free like the Ford "Sync" technology because of voice recognition instead of interacting with a touchpad. Even with simple scripting commands on a touchpad provides a safety concern while driving because both hands and eyes are not on the road.

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Nancy Golden   4/26/2012 8:54:01 PM
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That is a good point about over-regulation, Charles - sounds silly, doesn't it? But if the horse spooks and I fly off, I am hurting myself - not other riders. I could even drink and ride without putting others at risk. Just wish people would use common sense...driving a vehicle at high speeds while distracted by any means could end in tragedy for more than just the driver.

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Charles Murray   4/26/2012 8:46:41 PM
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Sounds like we should outlaw mobile phones on horses, Nancy. I should have known this was going to happen.

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Re: Oh, No...Not Something Else to Distract :(
Nancy Golden   4/25/2012 7:14:32 PM
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I understand now why my parents always said "it's not like the good old days." Boy, do I feel old. My horse is my alternate means of transportation but that is purely recreational. It's funny though - I ride to get away from everything and while I am grateful I have my cell phone in my pocket in case of an emergency, the last thing I want to do is actually have to use the thing. I'll see riders going along with their wireless headset chatting away on a cell call. If there horse spooks they could land in the dirt - and some horses will spook when they hear a ringtone. I actually spent some time desensitizing my horse to a cell phone ringing. Technology distractions are dangerous even on horseback!

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