Thursday, April 29, 2010

Car Phones Getting Smarter - And Safer

"These are not your father's car phones.

Smartphones are slowly replacing the bulky attachments of old and finding a more important role in the driving experience. It goes beyond making phone calls in your car, or even using the cellphone as a navigation system.

From remotely setting the temperature of the air conditioner to running mobile programs such as Pandora's Internet radio service through the dashboard, smartphones are bringing their Swiss Army Knife-like capabilities to the car.

Car makers see the tighter integration of technology as a way to improve safety and head off heightened scrutiny over distracted driving. The National Safety Council last month released a study showing that the brain can't safely juggle using a cellphone while driving a car.

Auto makers acknowledge the issue, but still believe the smartphone can play a crucial role for drivers."
Read the rest of the article in "Car Phones Getting Smarter", The Wall Street Journal, April 28, 2010.

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