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Our friends in Canada are discussing a ban on automobile navigation systems, arguing that they are more distracting than cellphones. What are these Canadians smoking? In-car navigation systems are no more dangerous than cosmetics or CD players or toddlers in the back seat.

Or are they?

Except for the handful of eccentrics in lower Manhattan who take pride in never having driven a car, most of us have at some point dodged death at the hands of a distracted driver. People driving one-handed while gabbing on cellphones are an obvious hazard, but so are people who gaze into the vanity mirror to apply eyeliner while rushing to work. How about the people who let their pooches perch on their shoulders while they drive? The ones who try to eat with one hand while trying to stick-shift with the other? The ones who swerve while fishing through their CD collections down on the floor?

I've nearly gone off the road myself while trying to prevent my kids from biting and kicking each other in the back seat. And my kids are in their 20s!

But we have not yet seen everything, as Miss Hall used to say in English class. Automobiles are steering head-on into the era of telematics - defined for our purposes here as the augmentation of automobiles with both internal and external communications links. Cars will connect their drivers to the cellular radio network, to the Internet, to satellite radio and television services, to DVD movie players in the trunk, to home networks, to smart diagnostic systems, virtual concierge and roadside safety services, and so on.

Is your office distracting today? Your car could be equally distracting tomorrow.

I recently had the pleasure of test-driving a 2004 Acura TSX Sports Sedan equipped with a $2,000 option called the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition. The test car, brightly painted in Arrest-Me Red, had a cyclopean color LCD video display in the middle of the console, above the stick shift. The navigation system recognizes some 130 spoken words and commands, and even answers and gives directions in a synthesized voice, all of which is supposed to help the driver keep his or her peepers on the road.

But, of course, people will ping-pong their eyes between the road and the display to see where they are and where they are going. They will poke buttons on the dash, and geeks like me may even try to peruse the thick user's manual while driving. Add a satellite radio service that practically compels the user to channel hop and look up artist information, and suddenly the dashboard of your car is almost as complicated as the cockpit of a Boeing 757.

The cost of these exotic navigation systems will come down, of course, and before long they may even be standard equipment on some high-end coaches.

More than 100,000 New Yorkers have been ticketed to date for driving under the influence of a cellphone. Massachusetts and other states appear likely to join New York in requiring drivers to use hands-free cellphone equipment while driving. It's just a matter of time before navigation systems and in-car entertainment systems also come under legislative scrutiny in this country.

Me, I'm just glad that those reckless Bush boys aren't allowed to terrorize the streets on their hot-rod Segways.

http://www.fortune.com/fortune/ontech/0,15918,459373,00.html
 

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Well the one point I have to state, is that if your driving and looking at your navi, 24/7...then your a danger. You would think some people would pull over to look up a route to go, and why look at it anyways, some of the navi's our days have talk features. they tell you were you have to go and how to get there.

That's my thoughts' on the subject
 

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GT-40MarkIV said:
Well the one point I have to state, is that if your driving and looking at your navi, 24/7...then your a danger. You would think some people would pull over to look up a route to go, and why look at it anyways, some of the navi's our days have talk features. they tell you were you have to go and how to get there.

That's my thoughts' on the subject
I agree. Anyone who cannot multi-task should not do anything more than drive. If you need to take your eyes of the road for more than a couple of seconds to set the radio or adjust the temp, then a cell phone or a nav system is going to get you into an accident.

Unfortunately, people aren't smart enough to realize that they cannot do this, so they have to pass laws. If you ask me, I think they should ticket people for inattentive driving (i.e. swerving all over the road)... regardless if it's because they are on the phone, putting on makeup or watching a DVD.

Heh, heh, that reminds me... I once passed two high school kids in a car watching a porno on a portable DVD player while driving down the road.
 
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