Technology can be a great thing, but it can also be debilitating to the nation’s drivers. There are arguments that the ever present technology in people’s cars these days are far too distracting for the driver. Others argue that technology in one’s car does not need to detract from the main reason they are in a car which is to get from point A to point B.
Though the car industry is not quite there yet, industry experts predict that five years from now people will be able to purchase cars that will drive themselves; freeing the driver up to entertain themselves and/or any of their passengers while on the road. While many people feel that this will lead to safer roads across the country, there is still a lot of debate surrounding whether or not all the technological features of today’s new cars should be there or not. Many attorneys speak of car accident rates increasing due to distracted driving caused by cell phones and other gadgets.
It isn’t just the stereotypical irresponsible driver/busy soccer mom who uses technology in their car; it is presumably high end businessmen and women as well. In an article published in June of 2013 a venture capitalist confessed to manually selecting articles on his mobile phone for a robotic voice to read aloud to him. This begs the question of whether or not a person’s level of intelligence dictates whether or not they can handle the distractions technology presents while driving.
One way in which technology can benefit drivers is a new Android application that senses when one is in their car and sets their phone to automatically answer emails and text messages with a preselected message that states they are currently driving. Few could argue the benefit of using this particular app while behind the wheel. Continue reading “Technology Inside a Car – Too Many Distractions or Not a Factor?”