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Sync drivers were much less likely to swerve out of their lanes than non-Sync drivers

There have been numerous studies that have shown that distracted drivers can be as dangerous on the road as drunk drivers. Some recent studies have shown that texting while driving may actually be just as dangerous as driving intoxicated.

In an effort to reduce the distractions that drivers are confronted with while driving some stated have instituted hands free laws that require drivers to use hands free kits to make calls while driving. Ford has a system called Sync in some of its vehicles that offers all sorts of hands free technologies to make driving safer while still allowing drivers to stay in contact and listen to music from digital devices.

Ford commissioned a new study that has shown significant differences in how distracted drivers are when using its Sync system compared to not using it. For the study, Ford had drivers select a phone number or choose a song on their MP3 players using Sync compared to doing the same thing manually.

Drivers who did the tasks manually had their eyes off the road for about 25 seconds while drivers using Sync had their eyes off the road for approximately two seconds. Participants in the study were asked to dial ten-digit phone numbers, call a specific person form the digital phone book, receive a call while driving, play a specific song, and review and respond to text messages.

The time eyes were off the road was measured by the researchers for drivers using both methods. Ford says that drivers performing these tasks manually swerved out of their lane 30 percent of the time while Sync users never swerved out of their lane. Ford has also announced a new 911 Assist feature for Sync that can dial 911 post-crash automatically.

Dr. Louis Tijerina from Ford said in a statement, "These real-world results indicate that SYNC's voice-interface offers substantial advantages compared to using a handheld device to do the same task."



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RE: In other news...
By callmeroy on 2/6/2009 2:15:45 PM , Rating: 3
And I call extreme BS on you and any other poster saying the same that you ALWAYS maintain 100% while driving. No one I know of is ALWAYS 100% focus each and every time they are driving. Because if you want to get extremely anal, and since you stated "not 98, not 99.9% of the time"...you were being overly anal about it --- unless you never listen to the radio -- EVER and never talk to anyone in the car EVER...technically you are not 100% focused....maybe 98 or 99.9% focused but you know...some folks think only 100% is good enough. ;>


RE: In other news...
By Steve1981 on 2/6/2009 2:25:42 PM , Rating: 2
For an activity where a single mistake can end up killing someone, 100%, or as close as humanly possible, should be demanded.

A parallel would be going to a gun range. Handling your firearm properly demands your full attention. Anything less is negligence.


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