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jabailo
jabailo
7/2/2014 | 8:09:41 PM
Re: More distracted driving
Conversely could there be an always talking "backseat driver" programs that use the Google Car 360 degree scanner, but pass the information to the driver by voice rather than steering it himself.

Although from what I've seen of Google's technology (they now have videos of a car with no steering wheel and no pedals...100% automatic with no manual override) we're basically...there.

 
kq4ym
kq4ym
7/2/2014 | 7:53:37 PM
Re: More distracted driving
Eliminating distracted drivers is certainly going to be a challenge as apps expand in complexity and volume, and drivers get habituated to using devices in cars for more and more tasks. Getting voice control will certainly be a goal, but even then, it's going to take some creativity and study to get it right to allow our eyes and minds to stay focused on driving safely.
jabailo
jabailo
7/2/2014 | 12:20:01 PM
Re: More distracted driving
I was doing some house hunting yesterday, so I had my Android phone and was trying to use Navigate with Google Voice.   It both worked and didn't.   On a good try I can simply say "Navigate to 1234 56th Street ..." and it will start up sending me voice directions.

However, it's still a bit clunky as I have to click the microphone to start Google Voice.  And some times it immediately starts Navigating me and other times it wants me to press more buttons.

Voice has to be the most under-utilized feature of Android smartphones right now.  I'm astounded at how much I can do with voice commands ("set alarm for 9:30").  And yet few seem to use it.   When I said "World Cup" to my smartphone while at Starbucks recently, so I could get the day's scores, people looked as if I had just landed my saucer in the parking lot.   You mean you never use your phone like this?  I guess not!

That said, I would want nearly all voice command in a driving situation.  (At least until they automate driving...then I'll be reading a tablet while my car drives me.)

 
Phil_Britt
Phil_Britt
7/2/2014 | 11:16:25 AM
More distracted driving
While some aspects of the connected car seem good, especially for emergencies or long trips, there's enough distracted driving today without it. I'm afraid distracted driving and resulting collisions would spike with too much connectivity. Havings streaming audio is one thing, but add video and the Google driverless cars will be the safest on the road.


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