The acclaimed filmmaker has made a short documentary about the dangers of texting while driving which is now freely available on YouTube.
People are addicted to their mobile phones and tablets. But what happens when they want to go truly mobile in an automobile? Robert Acker, general manager of Aha by Harman, argues that the challenge is to deliver the mobile apps and services that consumers want in a way that makes safety the top priority.
With a reported 11 teens killed while texting and driving per day, parents are turning towards apps to limit their kids phone use behind the wheel. SecruaFone offers one for iPhone and Android handsets that diables some features when in motion, but it doesn’t stop there.
With no fear of federal regulation, carmakers are pursuing their “infotainment” strategy of packing cars with the latest consumer electronics. But it’s not clear that the states — which are already fighting distracted driving by cell phone users — will go along for the ride.
Connected mobile devices make life easier, but are our bodies paying too high a price? Eyewear retailer Mezzmer culled a number of datapoints in an infrographic that gives a glimpse into the health complications brought by small screens, speakers and the ergonomics of using handheld computers.
The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday recommended that states ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies. What will this mean for connected cars, Pandora and the dying GPS market if states decide to get tough?
New commercial and fleet drivers are no less resistant to operating handheld devices everyone else, as distracted driving among the group is up 9 percent in the last three months. Factor in driver fatigue with mobile device use and you have a recipe for disaster.
Everyone talks about texting while driving, but what about something I think may be even more distracting — snapping while driving –as in taking photographs? In the last few weeks, I’ve seen several cases of drivers whipping camera phones out and taking pictures while in traffic.
Verizon is showing off an advertisement today (that will run on TV starting Monday) aimed at stopping people from texting and driving, but it’s far too mild for me. I prefer something along the lines of this CTIA ad, which has some of the drama we’ve come to expect from public service announcements. However, the CTIA ad is aimed at teenagers rather than adults; given how many adults text or even just browse on their phones as they drive, perhaps they need an ad targeted at them, too. But will these ads, a bevy of upcoming laws and even the existence of sites like AKBadDriver’s tweet stream actually stop folks from texting (or reading emails) while driving? What about you? Take the poll below the fold. Read More about Will Ads Stop Your Dangerous Texting Habit?