Driving down the road and seeing the person in the car to the right talking on a cell phone and the person on the left busy texting away with both hands. I am sometimes amazed that there are not more accidents on the road. Additional distractions as a programmed in option do seem like a bit much.
I'm not sure why the car manufactuers are making what I would call "active entertainment" systems available to the drivers. The only thing I can think of is that they believe that an integrated voice system is safer than fumbling with a smart phone. However, since it is integrated, more people will probably use it. Then again, its probably a simple case of "follow the money" and the car manufactures figure they can get a piece of communication system fee.
I agree there is no reason to be doing "Facebook in the car," or a lot of the interactive communications that goes on while driving. Voice-activated systems, at least the ones that I have been privvy to, are sometimes even more distracting than stealing a quick peak on your smart device or shooting off a short text while driving (call me guilty, okay). The bottom line is all of these options spell trouble for safety on the roads. And with the next generation already tied to their devices, we need to figure out some way to safely cut the cord.
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