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Do Cities Need 'Texting Zones'?

Nicole Ferraro, Editor in Chief, Future Cities
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 09:48 EDT

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CitySolver
CitySolver  
10/2/2013 10:46:40 AM
User Rank Blogger
phones anf students
Ha, I agree, phones in classrooms are like a virus, you confiscate one and ten more pop up in their place. As you say though, the tech is there to make voice commands mainstream, it just needs to be more ubiquitous

Dana H.
Dana H.  
10/1/2013 10:43:12 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Hands-free technology isn't what you think.
Believe it or not, blue-tooth and other hands-free technologies can be just as dangerous:

http://www.trafficsafetystore.com/blog/understanding-cognitive-distraction/

There's a lot of misinformation out there, particularly from manufacturers trying to sell these products

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
9/30/2013 1:02:34 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: DNT TXT & DRV
That's pretty neat, Brittany, considering that teens are the most egregious texters of all! Thankfully, they're not all drivers. YET. Oy, we can hardly blame insurance rates for spiking when a teen driver is added to the policy. (My friend who works in road safety often views photos of dead young people who were texting at the wheel when they fatally crashed.)

That said, a specific zone, Nicole? I dunno about allocating time and resources and asphalt for that. That's why we have the Molly Pitcher rest stop and all the others dotting the NJ Pike.

 

 

richheap
richheap  
9/30/2013 12:27:48 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: A relevant option
Well Daniyal, I think in this case the phone was connected into the car's speakers so the app was in the phone, but I can't be completely sure. This could help the safety aspect if it stops  people from texting when both of their hands are on the wheel, although I still worry about the potential for people to be distracted. It still means the phone is a distraction.

I'd rather get somewhere ten minutes late without telling the person I'm meant to meet, rather than take the risk of crashing just because I want to keep them in the loop.

mejiac
mejiac  
9/30/2013 12:23:44 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: A relevant option
@daniyal,

I think this is something that some car copmanies are pursuing. I know Ford currently offers something very similar to what you explain.

I definitly agree and think this is the way to go.

So for people one bikes/motorcycle, combining a smarphone with a two way bluetooth device that can speak and conver messages using "natural speech" is a huge plus

mejiac
mejiac  
9/30/2013 12:20:08 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: A relevant option
@daniyal,

Interesting...this would be similar to using an FM modulator to get sound from an MP3 player through the car's speakers...so I definitly see the potential

mejiac
mejiac  
9/30/2013 12:19:15 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: A relevant option
@richheap,

We're definitly heading in that direction. Many car makers are embbeding systems that can fully integrate with smartphones, thus taking the "hands free" concept a step further.

I completely support this...get people to pay attention to the road and not there screens

mejiac
mejiac  
9/30/2013 12:17:52 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Which is the lesser evil?
"are drivers likely to use such zones, or will they ignore them and just go on texting while behind the wheel?"

I think this question states the obvious...no...they wont. Here in Florida, it's every day that an accident is reported because someone is texting. Just yesterday, I was at a stop light, and every car next to me where texting/looking at there screens... it's really worrying.

Florida did pass a law that prohibits texting while driving...yet people continue....what's scary is when you're going at near 70mph and you see people either texting or having arguments on the phone.

I would invest in providing more funding for police troopers, make them adquire technology to be able to identify and stop drivers.

daniyal
daniyal  
9/30/2013 9:12:50 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: A relevant option
But there is another way to look at this. What if the App is in your own cellphone and not in the car? Then even poor people having cheap cars can be benefited from it.

richheap
richheap  
9/30/2013 8:39:40 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: A relevant option
Thanks Daniyal. I've been in a high-end taxi once where the driver had something like this. It was dictating either his emails or his text messages - I can't recall which - but it shows the technology is there. How long before this sort of system works its way down to cheaper cars? I'd see it an an attractive optional extra if I was buying a car.

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