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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 AnnihilatorX on 2/7/2009 10:39:46 AM , Rating: 2
Why does it piss your friends off?
Your friends are very insensible in that regards if they get pissed off when you tell them you are driving and need to hang up.

RE: In other news...
By mindless1 on 2/7/2009 12:35:53 PM , Rating: 2
What if they are driving but s/he isn't?

People that phone while driving tend to assume they are safe, if you suggest they shouldn't, they take it as an insult to their driving skills, and if you tell them you don't want to risk it, they take it as an insult that you put your safety (which again they assume is a slight risk because they take that risk themselves) more important than their inconvenience it talking at a moment's notice.

Also keep in mind, there's that whole other topic of what "friend" means. If my friend thinks he can drive safely, as a friend do I question that or let him make his own decisions if he hasn't wrecked yet? Many people bought cellphones specifically because they had no patience, felt they needed to talk to anyone at any moment. Convincing them that they may have to have little more convenience than they would've back in the day when one pulled over and used a phone booth seems a step backwards now that they've had that convenience.

Personally, I'm all for banning cell phones while driving and look critically at any automaker that tries to suggest safety improvements in doing something that is still distracting, in an attempt to make it acceptable to bundle more toys into a car. I'll be convinced otherwise when individual testing, certification on a drivers license, differentiates between people who can, and cannot use this tech and retain good reaction times to unexpected problems on the road.

RE: In other news...
By Samus on 2/8/2009 2:26:55 AM , Rating: 2
Don't even bother with the he/she reference...its most likely a she. I've known of two girls already to crash while texting (not on a phone call, TEXTING) and in case everybody forget, the biggest news story to come of unsafe texting was from a women that hit a fucking TRAIN while texting 6 months ago.

Ironically, women are suppose to be better multi-taskers. And while this may be true, it appears indisputable they are becoming more wreckless on the road than men, especially since the insurance price parity gap between boys and girls age 18-25 has closed up considerably over the years where I am from (Illinois)

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