I have a heart-wrenching internal struggle when it comes to in-car connectivity. On the one hand, I love having navigation, my iPod and phone contacts all easily accessed when I’m driving.
The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to stop distracted driving. Yes, I’m all for that. Ticket those folks staring down at their phones. Tar and feather them. Put them in the gallows. Give their cell numbers to Anthony Weiner. I don’t care, just punish them.
But the government isn’t actually talking about those drivers. It wants to go after cars that are “connected.” In the past, I’ve thought that’s the wrong approach. Having a car computer read me a text message is no less distracting than driving with my kids in the car — probably much less distracting, actually. And I don’t think the government could prevent my kids from kicking my seat.
The guy reading his BlackBerry could swerve into my lane or not notice traffic in front of him braking. That’s serious.
Then Ford announced recently that users of its Sync system will soon be able to get fantasy baseball statistics read to them while they're driving.
What are you trying to do, Ford? Are you just lobbing softballs for the government to hit out of the park?
-David Thomas, Cars.com