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Government Proposes Guidelines to Limit Distracted Driving

With the myriad of technologies available to us these days, the temptation to use them at all times and remain connected has never been higher. The problem is that these gadgets divert your attention away from something else, and when you’re behind the wheel, this can be a fatal problem. In order to curb distracted driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation released its first-ever guidelines for automakers to place limitations on in-car technology that could be distracting. According ... continue reading»

Tags: Features, Safety, NHTSA, Ford, Kia, Distracted Driving

NTSB Wants Nationwide Ban on Cell Phones While Driving

The National Transportation Safety Board wants to ban drivers from using personal electronic devices behind the wheel. The NTSB voted unanimously today for the proposed ban, which includes all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C. “No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life," NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman says in a statement. Only emergency phone calls will be allowed, and texting, phone calls and Internet usage will all be banned under the new proposal ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, Distracted Driving, NTSB

Ford Sync Will Read Text Messages in More Vehicles

In an effort to combat distracted driving, Ford is rolling out Sync software updates that can read text messages out loud in more vehicles. “The feature will be offered on the Ford F-150, Fiesta, Flex, Fusion, Mustang and Taurus,” says Edmunds. “It had already debuted as MyFord Touch on the 2011 Ford Edge, Explorer and 2012 Ford Focus.” Ford notes in a press release that the software update includes Message Access Profile (MAP), which makes it possible to stream text ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Distracted Driving

Does In-Car Fantasy Baseball from Ford Go too Far?

Ford’s new SYNC TDI system will let you track your fantasy baseball team on the go. I’ve written about some far-out connectivity features in some of the cars I’ve tested, and how they may impact driver awareness, but this is taking things to a new level. While cars like the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid give box scores via a screen on the dash, SYNC TDI updates fantasy baseball team managers with player stats through voice commands and audio ... continue reading»

Tags: Analysis, Car Tech, Ford, Distracted Driving

Are Cars Smarter Than We Are?

Cars are getting smarter, and that’s a good thing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety credits electronic stability control, which helps prevent skids and rollovers, with making SUV drivers less likely to die in a crash than drivers of cars. In the past year, I’ve tested cars that can stop themselves when they detect a likely crash, cars that can maintain a set distance from the car in front of them while cruising, cars that warn of impending ... continue reading»

Tags: Analysis, Car Tech, Distracted Driving

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