Talking on your cell phone and driving do not mix. Texting and driving do not mix – in fact it is worse than drinking and driving. However, by 2016, over 90% of new vehicles sold in the U.S. are expected to come equipped with internet connected technology features.
We have touched on something like this before. If the comment section of that story is any indicator of a public opinion poll it seems readers think an internet connected car could be a bad thing, especially how the display will be handled.
What is important is the fact that people do spend a lot of time in their cars, around 100 hours a year commuting. It makes sense that the technology that we use at work and in our homes would thus creep into the cab of our automobiles. But is this a good idea?
Driving News editor Chuck Capps said, “Unfortunately, people are going to text and Tweet while driving whether the technology is there or not. Making it hands-free can keep them more focused on the road.”
Technology like On Star and hands free talking are indeed useful and can save lives in accidents; but other options that manufacturers are putting in like voice-controlled text, Facebook, and Twitter read and respond options might have some negative impacts.
Power drain must also be taken into account. Like it or not, adding multiple screens/displays and tech with an internet connection into a car will draw energy from a battery. In conventional vehicles this power drain might not be that big of a deal, however in electric vehicles (EVs) any additional power draw can lead to diminished performance. However, this technology could also be used to “link” cars and prevent driver error, which is the cause for almost all accidents. It is a double-edged sword, to be sure.
Whatever side of the “Facebook in your car” debate you fall into; the big take away issue is that by 2016 90% of cars sold in the U.S. will be equipped with internet connected features. Meanwhile only 3.8 million of cars on the road in 2016 will be EVs — worldwide. Priorities I guess.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison