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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 Steve1981 on 2/6/2009 3:43:24 PM , Rating: 2
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Just talking to a passenger is diverting some attention from driving. Should we just make single seat cars then? Remove radios, cd player etc? They all distract the driver. How about adjusting the heat/AC that is a distraction.


Depends on how much those things can be shown to increase accidents, and how safe you actually want your roads. In either case, much like handling a firearm, handling a car without giving it the attention it deserves is utterly negligent. And yes, yacking with your friends in the back seat and not paying attention to your driving qualifies as negligence too.


RE: In other news...
By acase on 2/6/2009 3:50:44 PM , Rating: 2
Not gonna lie, I kinda hope you sneeze on your way home and rear-end someone. Then they can put you in jail for not paying 100% attention.


RE: In other news...
By Steve1981 on 2/6/2009 5:41:05 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry to disappoint. In any case, I'll have to recuse myself from this conversation. I can't see any benefit in talking to someone who wishes me harm, or someone who thinks its A-OK to drive double the speed limit.


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