Yep - You go right ahead and reach through that steering wheel at 75 mph in heavy traffic.Heh, it stops being an eye-candy as soon as you touch it with your fingers.
You underestimate competitive marketing. If they think it will boost sales, they will make it. It is up to YOU to use it safely (DISCLAIMER: "Not intended for use while driving")But I don't think they'd be that dumb to actually give that "gauge cluster" touch input, that would just be silly.
That's my point, generally accepted doesn't mean right. And its not an automotive thing. I haven't read or typed a text message in months and can't recall the last time I was holding my phone in or out of the car while texting. Its all voice control. Which is how cars should be controlled with buttons and knobs as a backup rather than via touch screens. We use our eyes and hands to keep the shiny side up and avoiding bumping into things, not our ears and voices so much. That's why stereos and talking to passengers are legal. Nobody is seriously advocating making stereos illegal or requiring passengers to be gagged. But both can prevent or delay the driver from hearing a siren or other car skidding out of control or even a tire starting to delaminate.Semantics be damned, a hands-free automotive phone/messaging system is one hell of a ways removed from the generally accepted definition of texting.
Absolutely, but not as much as listening to a stereo or talking to a passenger or driving faster than you can walk or drinking a coffee or hundreds of other things. Its all cost vs benefit. But listening to a text or dictating a response is less distracting than talking to a passenger or someone on a phone. Real time communication uses a lot more brain power because you have to get it right on the fly and on the clock. Picture this, your wife asks you if these clothes make her look fat, now picture her sending you an email or text that asks the same thing. Are you worrying you'll say the wrong thing in your email or text response? Anything realtime is more distracting. When was the last time a passenger asked where you should stop for lunch and you told them you'll get back to them? With a text, the "I'll get back to you" is built in regardless of the topic. From a safety standpoint the best to worst forms of comunication while driving are: texting (via hearing and voice alone), hands free calling, talking to a passenger and texting (via readng and typing).(......... and I believe that even the hands-free systems are contributory to moving accident rates)
I'm not arguing with anyone and don't care much if someone uses an inaccurate definition, just throwing it out for anyone interested in updating.Fight it out with the states that have the overhead and roadside signs - "Texting while driving is illegal".