We all know the danger of drunk driving, but now there is concern of a new danger- death caused by distracting driving. Why are drivers becoming so distracted why driving? One of the answers being considered is the technologies that drivers have access to while being behind the wheel. It seems like every time we turn around, cars are being equipped with all forms of technological luxuries. They have built-in internet jacks, phones, Wi-Fi, GPS and iPod docks. We can now tell our cars to play a song or call someone and it will instantly do it for us. In many car models, these technological luxuries have become the new standard. And from the article above, we can see that in 2013 car models, drivers will actually be able to order movie tickets and check Facebook while driving to their destinations.
Car manufacturers argue that drivers are doing these things on their cell phones while driving anyway, so by making these technologies voice activated and displayed on large touch screens, they are actually contributing to the safety of drivers. While this seems like a great idea, there is some concern that these technological luxuries in vehicles are going too far and are just encouraging drivers to do all of these things while behind the wheel of a car.
What is your opinion on having vehicles equipped with all of these convenient and entertainment technologies? Do you think that they are too much of a distraction to drivers, or are they actually contributing to the safety of drivers?