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Say A Text, On The Go?

It seems the era of technology is upon us.  This is news to no one, but while our lives have been inundated with technology in every aspect of our lives (communicative, entertainment, socialization, learning, etc. etc.), there have been no signs of progress slowing down.  In fact, the signs have been pointing in the opposite direction.  

Recently, in California and other states, laws have been passed making it illegal to talk on the cell phone while driving without a hands-free device, and texting is restricted one-hundred percent.  Until now.

 

The automotive research firm iSuppli Corp has announced the merger of cars and social networking through technology suppliers of voice-controlled devices to allow drivers to keep up with Twitter, Facebook and even their text messaging all while on the go on the roads.

Many luxury cars come standard equipped with Bluetooth capabilities, and many non-luxury makers have Bluetooth as an extra option.  

OnStar, by General Motors recently announced its plans to introduce an integration platform to bring Facebook into the ride.  The system is designed to take voice-directions to post status-updates, or read back the latest posts from the Newsfeed.  OnStar is also currently testing a voice-command feature that would allow drivers to send a receive text messages while driving.  The program won't be terribly sophisticated, however, with only a few preset replies available to choose from for both social networking and texting.

The app world has also taken notice of the need to expand the availability of social networking and communication past the doors of the user's car.  Like OnStar and other suppliers of voice-control solutions, app designers are recognizing even more the need to introduce safe social networking apps (amongst others) to drivers and non-drivers alike.

Trying to fight the influx of interactive technology (especially social media) would be like trying to stop a tsunami.  In this case, finding the safest and most effective means of safely navigating the roads while keeping up with tweets, updates and texts is the new priority, having said that....I'm scarred to think of what is the next invention that will keep us “plugged  in” at all times.

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      Denise Richardson wrote Oct 27, 2010
    • heartbreaktongue outNot too happy about this at all and to add don’t they feel we have enough accidents on the road now because of this???? Geesh!tongue out



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 27, 2010
    • I’m with Denise. I don’t like it either. Maybe insurance companies should charge an extra fee for people with these features in their cars. This is technology run amok.



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      Lazylola wrote Oct 27, 2010
    • Ditto....I’m not a real fan of the cell phone, but keep one for when I have to go out of town, other than that I hate being accessible 24/7.



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      Cheekymonkey wrote Oct 27, 2010
    • Ohhh this is to much. I love the fact of cell phone and certain other things but this is over the top what are they thinking.....money, ofcourse but at what cost? Lifes, loss of moreprivacy? The loss of quality face time withfamily, and friends?
      Im not a big fan of this lost connection thats why myself, my family, make rules of off time but how do u continue to do that when the world keeps saying on all the time?heartbreak



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      Denise Richardson wrote Oct 27, 2010
    • And to add to the fury of this new technology with these cell phone why on earth did they allow TV’s to be put into the cars I see so many people with frontal TV’s on and driving how can you watch Tv and the road?, the world has gone even nuttier, IMO!



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      Plussize4you wrote Oct 27, 2010
    • I’m not keen on the over use of mobiles either it’s becoming really addictive and is creating an anti social generation. I have one, mainly in case of an emergency and it usually sits for days until I recharge but allot of friends can’t even sit down for a meal without texting it’s really rude. We really don’t need drivers distracted anymore than necessary there are already to many accidents on our roads.



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      Tuliplady wrote Oct 27, 2010
    • All we have to do as consumers is just SAY NO.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Oct 27, 2010
    • So true TL! But will we?????



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      Darlene Sabella wrote Oct 27, 2010
    • I just came back for a three month trip to San Francisco and when we would go out to eat everyone was looking down at their blackberry to text, each couple was busy doing this and the communication between them is sad to me.  If they are not talking over a nice dinner, they go home to watch their favorite show they have saved on Tivo, or going in to work on their computers.  I must admit I am somewhat quilty of this myself, HOWEVER I live alone!  Cell phone and cars are the worse, thank you Yana for this outstand articles.  Love you mucho much Darskihearttongue out



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      Suzann wrote Oct 27, 2010
    • So many things we‘re doing instead of relating to each other. But on the other hand, we have Fab40 and sites like it that bring us together! Certainly not over the dinner table, but at least we‘re relating and helping each other, sharing ideas.



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      Frannie1964 wrote Oct 27, 2010
    • They want us to keep up with Facebook, twitter and whatever else is out there. But what about keeping up with our families and actually sitting down at the dinner table together and having a nice conversation with them whether at home or at a restaurant or having a face to face convo and not texting back and forth. I remember when I was at the dinner table with my family. I wasn’t aloud to even watch TV during meal times. Let alone think about the phone or playing a game at the table.

      That would be nice to see instead of everyone looking down at their cell phones as if no one else is around.

      Leave the driving to driving!  Isn’t that what cars are for? Now cars are just offices and people don’t pay attention to the road.heartbreak

      Ok, I’m done blabbing and venting.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Oct 27, 2010
    • It’s all way too much!



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      Pat68 wrote Oct 27, 2010
    • I agree, cars should be used as transport and all the features should be fit to make the process of driving easier, not more distraction!!!



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      Allinet48 wrote Oct 28, 2010
    • With my kids all over the state of CA. we do text and talk on cell phones regularly. Also as a farmer that is how my husband is able to conduct business out in the fields. And we live out in the country so cell phones are handy for emergencys. But when we are eating-no phones, house or cells are answered. A necessary evil I guess.



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      Kyah wrote Oct 28, 2010
    • I like the convenience of having a cell phone and occasionally I text, but since I’m a pedestrian I don’t text while walking, so drivers shouldn’t text while driving. AND people who ride buses shouldn’t air their dirty laundry by using their cell phones and talking LOUD on the bus! ARGHHH! I HATE that! heartbreak



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      Nuncita wrote Oct 29, 2010
    • This is ridiculous, does ANYONE need to be that much in touch? With who? And WHY? Just pull over and make/take that call!  

      Here is California a major tv station is running a program Hang up and Drive! It may be running elsewhere also but I think it should be everywhere.  

      Yes, I need my cell phone for business as well as personal use but c‘mon now in this case enough is too much!!!



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      Hunnypot88 wrote Oct 30, 2010
    • We have to teach our children that it is ok to be out of touch once in a while. We grew up without cell phones and seem to be alright. But this generation seems to feel the need to be in the know 24/7. I miss the days when you had to call or see someone to get updates. Now people say checkout my facebook status too see what I have been doing. I have a cell phone that I take pleasure in turning off when I am in the car and shopping. That seems to be the only way you can get some silent time for yourself now a days.



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      Divafabulosa wrote Oct 31, 2010
    • This should not be legal. I am shocked but not surprised. Anything to make money and the companies realize the addiction to Social Media and want to capitalize on it .. pure and simple.!

      It is up to us to voice our opinions and stop it. Thanks for the post!!



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      Faye43 wrote Nov 1, 2010
    • Not cool!!



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      Marya1961 wrote Nov 1, 2010
    • Just another way to manipulate us, what will be next a micro chip implanted in our foreheads?..such nonsense!



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      Tiggerk wrote Nov 1, 2010
    • Not a good trend....My husband drives a semi & I ride with him.  You wouldn’t believe the things people do while driving!  It makes it really hard to stay safe, especially when people cut in front of our truck because they‘re dristracted.  Please pay attention to your driving, everybody!  We can’t stop 80,000 pounds on a dime.  THANK YOU everybody who’s driving attentively & safely!
      Kathy



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      Msj wrote Nov 6, 2010
    • Just a thought....I agree but,  we type this as we sit here on Fab40 “communicating” LOL

      Don’t bite me!   Just had to say it LOLOLOL  estaticheart



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      Tiggerk wrote Nov 6, 2010
    • Msj, you‘re so funny!
      I use our smart phone all the time...but not while driving. I also turn it off when we go somewhere like a restaurant or to church. Once I forgot and it rang during church!! I was totoally mortified. So now I usually just leave it ar home.
      Kathy



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      Paula Bertucci wrote Nov 10, 2010
    • I love Facebook....but driving needs to be a time when you can concentrate on what your doing...DRIVING....oh please...where has common sense gone?

      thanks for the head’s up!
      PAula



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      Hottcoco wrote Nov 14, 2010
    • Well Ive seen it all. Im a Nurse and the other day I saw the first robotic nurse. The patient was a woman who laid in bed and the robot gave her a bed bath!! Guess I will be out of a job soon...worried



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      UK Girl wrote Nov 14, 2010
    • It has been illegal in the UK to drive and use a mobile unless it’s with hands free for many years - but still on a daily basis I see people driving badly and on the phone and then when they just think they are above the law.

      I have also noticed in 2 shops recently (I applaud this) “_Please don’t use your mobile while at the counter you need 100% concentration“_



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      Anonymous wrote Dec 24, 2010
    • Wow, all kind of interesting things happen everyday, I would love to live a couple hundred years more.



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