azdre wrote:It is really unsfae to do this. Distracted driving KILLS! Seatbelts didn't used to be a part of the routine, but society has evolved. Now eliminating distracted driving needs to be something we all care about. There are people who are cheated out of life because you can't take a moment to pull over to make a call or set a route. I say you because for every person who thinks this is ok, it helps to fosters a society of acceptance for this revolting behavior.
When I need to mess with the NAV system in my Prius other than a simple button push on the touch screen (similar to changing the climate controls or adjusting the stereo volume), I'll do it at a red light or pull over and stop. When I have a passenger in the car, they should be allowed to operate the NAV system. When I'm on long trips and typically need some interaction with the NAV system, my spouse is in the passenger seat and I would have her do it. I would certainly not say, re-enter a destination while driving, I as the driver do that stopped, but when my wife is with me she should be allowed to do it.
They could do it by seat sensor or do a fancy capacitive coupling to from the passenger seat to the human body occupying it, through that body to the touch screen. Only respond to the distracting functions from a body that connects the passenger seat to the display.
As a driver, my eyes are on the road. You have to know the rules of the road and focus on the road, so you can watch out for other drivers, road hazards, pedestrians, cyclist, electric vehicles, children, etc.
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