May 30, 2007
Dear CNET members,
We've probably all seen the erratic driving behavior of a lost driver fiddling with a map while driving or the daily commuter who is eating, shaving, or putting on lipstick while driving. I've even seen people read novels in traffic! Now let's throw technology into the mix--like cell phones and GPS devices--and you have even more distracted drivers fiddling with their devices, making it more of a challenge for drivers to drive safely. In the latest Driving It column, CNET editor Wayne Cunningham wrote about improvements from automakers so that car gadgets like cell phones and navigation systems will be safer to use while driving. But do you think these improvements will help the drivers who use these devices to become safer and less distracted? Or do you think it is a lost cause, in which no matter how many improvements are done to make these devices safer, people will still be distracted when it comes to using them? Read Wayne's column--Driver distracted. When you're done reading, tell us what you think. It all boils down to the question, Are you for or against GPS and cell phones in cars? Make sure you give us the reason behind your opinion.
This week's hot topic:
Are you for or against GPS and cell phones in cars?
In the latest Driving It column, CNET editor Wayne Cunningham wrote about improvements from automakers so that car gadgets will be safer to use while driving. We asked our members, Are you for or against GPS and cell phones in cars? Many people stopped by to tell us what they thought.
"As driver-in-command, you are the sole responsible person for the safety and welfare of your car while driving. I believe every driver knows that. The problem, I believe, is knowing your limits and when to terminate/ignore the distractions to concentrate on..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member treet007"Take Away the Stereo? Here We Go Again..."
"Every time I hear a pro-gadget argument about in-car tech, I always hear, "Well, if you think cell phones are a distraction, then so is the stereo," and it never ceases to irk me. Humans use two different areas of the brain for visual and audio stimuli, and humans aren't..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member pweber5"Very much against"
"This reminds me of when the German engineers first came over after the now failed Chrysler purchase to check things out. They couldn't believe their eyes when they saw a CUP HOLDER in an automobile! The automobile was no place to eat or drink in their..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member Rick Cavaretti"Are you in control of the car or not?"
"There are some people that can't handle various extra things, and some that can. If you crash or harm someone, you should be held responsible for your actions. It is wrong to hold everyone responsible for the actions of a few. I think heavy penalties should be leveled..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member Andy77eSpeak up!
Now it's your turn to speak your mind. Do you think improvement by automakers for car gadgetry like GPS or hands-free cell phone kits will help reduce distractions when they are using these devices? Or do you think it is a lost cause, as no improvement will help a distracted driver? Bottom line: are you for or against GPS and cell phones in cars? Tell us the reasons why.
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