Technology Inside a Car – Too Many Distractions or Not a Factor?

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.

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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?”

Comparing the Costs of GPS Vehicle Tracking Systems

So you’ve convinced your bosses that a GPS fleet tracking system is going to revolutionize how you handle fleet management, and they’ve given you the green light to go ahead and start shopping around. Congratulations. Now comes the difficult part: choosing not only the right system, but also the right service. Today we focus brief information about Comparing the Costs of GPS Vehicle Tracking Systems.

Where to Start

As with any purchase, you want to make sure that your basic needs are meet. A brainstorming session with your executives, as well as with your employees should help you define what those needs are. This is perhaps the most important part of the selection process, because if you choose the wrong system, you’re back at square one, having already wasted resources in the process.

Part of defining what you need is considering the various types of vehicle tracking systems available to you. Whether you’re looking for a passive tracking system or one that transmits real-time data should be one the deciding factors in your decision. Many would see the option of getting real-time data and choose that simply based on the promise of the up-to-date information. But if a passive system would’ve met their needs, many end having buyer’s remorse because they’re continuously paying for real-time data components that they just don’t need. Again, defining your needs is key.

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Vehicle Tracking Systems

Benefits of a Passive System

If a passive system will provide you with all of the info that you and your company require to develop an adequate tracking program, that’s probably the one you’ll want to go with. You’ll typically only need to pay a one-time installation fee per vehicle, with the only added expenses coming if and when the provider chooses to update software. Even though this option will often require a larger up-front expense than a real-time system, the savings will be realized over time as you recoup that initial investment. Continue reading “Comparing the Costs of GPS Vehicle Tracking Systems”