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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 GeorgeH on 2/6/2009 4:10:32 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
...and the kid's mother is down on her knees staring up at you with tears streaming down her cheeks...


... The woman knelt in the blood-stained street, cradling the mangled remains of her child. Lifting her tear-stained cheeks to the heavens, she gasped out desperate sob after desperate sob as I stood nervously over her, unsure of what to do. If only I hadn't been on my cell, things might have been different; that innocent child might still be alive.

"Why?" The woman asked me, searching my face for an answer, for comfort, for anything but the terrible agony of sadness that consumed her. "Why?"

"Because that's how I roll." I replied, grinning at the double meaning as I drew my .45. "Say hi to the rugrat for me." Moments later, a fading echo and half a skull were all that remained of the day's ridiculous melodrama; balance was restored to the universe.

As I did a rolling burnout over the fresh corpses, I wondered if I had gone to far. After biting off head of a newborn kitten, I decided that I hadn't.


RE: In other news...
By Diesel Donkey on 2/7/2009 12:35:27 AM , Rating: 3
OK, so maybe I was a little melodramatic, but I did get my point across :)


RE: In other news...
By Chocobollz on 2/7/2009 2:29:52 PM , Rating: 2
What is this? Is this a quest to get a Pulitzer? :p


RE: In other news...
By monitorjbl on 2/8/2009 1:24:51 AM , Rating: 2
/nominate


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