Driving and Smartphones: Should There be an App For That?

   By drodriguez  Jun 02, 2012

In recent years many lawmakers and drivers have come to recognize the dangers of driving while talking or texting on a cell phone. But a new possible danger has now entered the scene and it has regulators and automakers scratching their heads as to what to do next.

A recent New York Times report highlights the ongoing controversy over web-based apps meant for the car and whether or not these advancements in technology are safe enough for road use.

Though most would not condone it, using apps on a smartphone while driving is nothing new. Anything from navigational tools to streaming music services are available and come in handy to many people on the road.

But with automakers now offering the latest in-dash systems, allowing users to connect their smartphones into a console and do things like order movie tickets, check in with Facebook, or see local restaurant listings some feel it is irresponsible and unsafe.

Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Acura, Lexus and Subaru are just a few of the car companies offering systems with specialized Google, Facebook, Yelp and many other apps.

Ford's director of electrical and electronics systems, Jim Buczkowski, explains that he thinks the new in-dash systems actually make it safer for drivers that are already using the apps on their phones. Buczkowski says, “They are using these apps on their smartphones, anyway. So how can we enable them in a nondistracting way?” By glancing at a specialized in-dash system constructed with drivers in mind he argues that it can be safer than having to pick up a phone to utilize an app.

What do you think of the new in-car systems that allow you to use apps on your smartphone while connected to the dash?

Do you ever use apps while driving? Would you consider using an in-dash smartphone system on the road?

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lbraendle by lbraendle | WYOMING, MI
Jun 09, 2012

There can be a happy medium between technology and the road, a little common sense goes a long way.

1SwtWrld by 1SwtWrld | GRASONVILLE, MD
Jun 07, 2012

Isn't this what OnStar is for?.....Gosh all this technology is really making the world a lazy lazy place.

basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
Jun 05, 2012

Why?? My license is for driving. My car is for driving. Not doing all of the above. I look at a map BEFORE I get on the road, if I'm lost or need 911 I pull over in a safe place off the road. Need to concentrate, I turn down or off the radio and even ask passengers to please be quiet. Driving a car is a privilege. (Even the cars upkeep for safety of others on the road is important and I've been entrusted with when I signed my license.)

Hiiyooitscat by Hiiyooitscat | LOS ANGELES, CA
Jun 02, 2012

I use the gps on my phone.. to search for places.. they should (probably already have) a voice app for every phone. That way youre not really taking your eyes off the road.