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    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is still talking about forcibly removing the ability for drivers to be distracted, starting with cellphones.

  • #2
    lol, nice title..

    every year, it seams there is less and less motivation for me to even think of wanting a newer car.. i am really starting to think we should all go back to carbureted motors...

    one thing he that might need to be worked out is how this would affect 911 service in the car-- say you get in a serious accident, and the scrambler device still thinks the car is moving--now you can't call for help...
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    • #3
      And then passengers....

      I find it amazing that phones are "more dangerous" than passengers!

      And I find it amazing that phones get priority over the road.


      But I wonder if phones comes down to GSM and what was stated by a high-Police here - that GSM interferes with the brain.
      Mind you, that was only said once.... never again.

      I wonder why?


      (Bring back CDMA!!)

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      • #4
        Let's actually make sure drivers know how to drive before a licence is issued, that would be a better first step to safety IMO.
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        • #5
          So what about SatNav? Thats more distracting than using a mobile phone with a hands-free kit because you need to look at the screen and potentially update settings while your drive. I mean the driving experience as a whole requires you to constantly divert your attention, be it checking your Dials, changing the radio and it only takes a fraction of a second to miss something. I fail to see how this is any different to talking to the person next to you. No news of anything like this in the UK yet though but it wouldn't surprise me.

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          • #6
            Theres thousands of stupid ideas they research... I think we all know this would never happen. A manufacturer could never sell a car with a system like that installed.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by thelostprophet View Post
              No news of anything like this in the UK yet though but it wouldn't surprise me.
              Actually that's kind of surprising, no offense, but the more draconian monitoring for your own good laws, seem to happen there first, then we adopt them.

              Actually, I take that back. It seems anymore the developed nations seem to have shifted from arms race to race to see who can pass the most laws to save everyone from the boogey-men, each other, and themselves.
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              • #8
                A friend of mine has a cell scrambler. If you turn it on while driving, you can watch people around you swerve as they try to figure out why their cell phone suddenly stopped working....
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                • #9
                  That sounds like a jammer - not a scrambler.

                  Scramblers should never effect adjacent traffic (pun intended) - it give the game away if nothing else.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PhilG View Post
                    Let's actually make sure drivers know how to drive before a licence is issued, that would be a better first step to safety IMO.
                    +1 billion
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                    • #11
                      Another article on this....
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                      • #12
                        That shows how stupid those people are.

                        Scramble (as in jam) as GSM phone...
                        How?

                        By transmitting GSM type signals...
                        IE - hi-frequency radiation.... ??

                        So we have finally confirmed the 2-decade-old strong suggestion that GSM will cause/trigger cancers etc (as opposed to CDMA etc).
                        Let's see them mount GSM-type radiators in vehicles etc.


                        Honestly, this stuff is as stupid and moronic as (alleged) stories about people tin-foiling their rooms to stop cell-phone "interception". (Even that doesn't take too much tech thinking!)


                        PS - I just read on....
                        It's from a blog. Stiff farken poo.
                        And it has to do with distractions.
                        Like billboards (ha - try to ban those!).
                        And flesh.
                        And movements.
                        And... passengers....
                        (Or should I read it again.)

                        Stop supporting moronic media. Let their market die out naturally.
                        (I know! Frustrating isn't it!)

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                        • #13
                          has it struck anyone else that this is similar to the nasa-pen situation(nasa spent millions on a pen that could write in space, russians used a pencil..)?

                          enforcing the idea of non-distracted drivers would, imo, be a better idea, though less rough...

                          like the idea of putting down cell phones instead of texting, or (i know it is a long shot) parents taking control of their teens, and enforcing them to not allow them to use their cell phones while driving--my brother has come to hate me for this(and soon my sister will)-- i have all but crushed his phone after hearing he's texting while driving..
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                          • #14
                            Texting? Is that still done?
                            Surely voice recognition is being used. (Get the Dragon!)

                            Or maybe someone should invent a way of being able to verbalise messages rather than having to convert to something written - you know, like they did with records & tapes instead of using paper.

                            I wonder if there is a way of adding microphone to a texting device? Somehow that is digitised and transmitted to the text receiver and stored for reproduction later....

                            I'd better start my own blog. Don't be surprised if you read about this in the newspapers etc soon!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by OldSpark View Post
                              Texting? Is that still done?
                              Surely voice recognition is being used. (Get the Dragon!)

                              Or maybe someone should invent a way of being able to verbalise messages rather than having to convert to something written - you know, like they did with records & tapes instead of using paper.

                              I wonder if there is a way of adding microphone to a texting device? Somehow that is digitised and transmitted to the text receiver and stored for reproduction later...
                              Telespeak.....oO? Like in 1984

                              Ok a real comment; handcent(android) can text to speak and speach to text input for sms.

                              Is there a way to read incomming sms on your car pc?

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