I don't think so. The distraction is in your brain, not in how fast you
can text. While listening to the radio can be distracting, you don't
have to look at it to do it. If they aren't watching the road, that's
just an accident waiting to happen.
You might not see some other clueless twerp doing something wrong, but it doesn't stop you driving correctly yourself. You look ahead and see you don't have to do anything for 5 seconds, so you can look at your phone for a bit.
If Russia invaded Turkey from behind, would Greece help?
Driving is total attention business needing all 5 senses. Our store is
next door to Starbuck coffee shop. Seeing thru the windows in the shop,
all people sitting there is texting burying their face into the
smart phones. After finishing coffee, comes out into their parked cars,
again texting with car's engine running. What in the world do they have
so much to text? Nowadays it is rare sight people doing eyeball
conversations. Most of texting is gossips, garbage chit chats,
non-productive junks. It is as bad as drug addictions.
It is addictive, or maybe it just becomes a habit that is just normal
for people in this digital age. My kids all text and do Facebook, so I
text and check up on their FB's, too, even though I don't really post to
FB much at all. I think that's just what they grew up into using as the
technology became available - they embraced it.
There's nothing wrong with embracing technology, understanding it and
being able to use it. Like others have mentioned though, driving
requires the attention of the driver.
I don't believe it's normal to be so attached to a device.
Locally there was an incident a teenage boy was playing with smart phone
in bed and fell asleep in the night, some how the phone started burning
under blanket causing injury to the boy. Anyone who says using handhelp
device while driving is safe is an idiot. Sooner or later distracted
driving will kill self or some one or if lucky will come out alive from
accident caused by distraction. I encourage and give my kids cars with
manual shift which requires more attention. I always drive using paddle
shift on my vehicle. Is there such thing as forever lucky? Monkeys do
fall from trees.... Some parts of Canada fine for distracted driving is
700.00 and they still do. It's an addiction. My route to downtown from
home is via freeway or ring road. I see guys/gals reading, doing make
ups, drinking coffee/eating, yakking/texting on cell phone, etc. They
are menace on the road.
I've seen similar things going on when people were driving. It's crazy
when they're going 70mph on the interstate and trying to put on mascara!
I don't get why people need to use a cell phone by hand, either, when a
hands free device and wi-fi technology allows people to still function
and keep both hands on the steering wheel.
I don't think people are going to stop using cell phones while driving,
either, so at least they could be required to use the safest options out
there. There are constant distractions aside from cell phone use, so
we're already used to being distracted. Having a conversation with a
passenger, or even listening to a radio is equally distracting as using
a cell phone to carry on a conversation.
IF we're going to debate about how cell phone use is dangerously
distracting, why aren't we making a fuss about the technology being put
in new cars where our phones can be synced with the radios so people can
use hands free voice calls more safely? Isn't that distracting, too, but
evidently not enough to warrant banning it's implementation into new
People are going to do stupid things when they drive, and get distracted
by something eventually. I don't know if the solutions is to totally
ban the usage of any phone while driving regardless of the technology,
or adapt to the technology as it makes cars safer to drive.
While autonomous vehicles may be practical in the future, it'll be quite
a few years before that technology is advanced enough for practical
implementation. Maybe it'll be something we can actually practically
use within the next 20 or 30 years.
Until that happens, though, the best technology that's out there is only
installed on new vehicles, and not everyone can actually buy those cars.
I don't have any research numbers, but I'd guess a very small
percentage of people can actually afford to even buy vehicles with the
current smart technology.
I'd also want to know how those people involved in developing the
technology have addressed the possibility of maliciously hacking
vehicles, and all the issues involved when software is in charge of
controlling a 2000 pound rolling weapon?
it's *already* starting to appear in limited forms and within 5-10
years, autonomous vehicles will be more than a curiosity.
highway driving is likely to be first, which is comparatively much
easier than city traffic. the person can then take over at the
destination exit and finish the trip.
it'll be standard, just like abs brakes, airbags, etc. are now.
nothing is perfect. what matters is that the collision, injury and
fatality rate is lower than it is now, which isn't all that hard to do.
with drunk driving, driving too fast for conditions, unsafe vehicles
(bald tires, worn out brakes, etc.), distracted driving and human error
completely eliminated, even with an occasional hacker, you're still
as i said, it's already happening.
many vehicles have adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and
blind spot assist. ford had auto-park several years ago.
last year, an autonomous mercedes drove itself to las vegas:
autonomous trucks exist:
several car makers have announced autonomous functionality as soon as
the 2017 model year.
there are *many* advantages to autonomous vehicles, including a
*dramatic* reduction of collisions, injuries and fatalities, reducing
traffic and being able to make trips otherwise not possible.
not as often as humans fail.
nothing is perfect, but as long as it does better, it's a win, and
since drunk driving, texting, falling asleep, etc., will no longer
happen, that's rather easy to do.
keep in mind that autonomous vehicles will have radar, lidar and video
scanning 360 degrees non-stop, which means it will be able to see
things humans could never see, particularly at night and also in fog.
you do realize that airplanes, some of which carry 300+ passengers, fly
almost entirely on autopilot, right?
nothing is perfectly safe.
cars today can be hacked, just in a different way. someone could
sabotage it or maybe just shoot at cars, such as the instance that
happened just recently:
Bought a new car a couple of months ago. I'm still a bit skeptical but
less than I was. My car can easily follow another at highway speeds and
adjust speed and even come to a stop with me just steering. Even helps
with that with lane departure.
I've posted a link before to Genesis driverless caravan.
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