Heh! You aren't far from the truth, though. Now that I've gone and done it, it is actually a potentially dangerous distraction. In my test run, I strayed out of my lane a couple times, getting honked at once. And I thought searching for a certain song on the iPod was pushing it. Anything you do with a CarPuter demands a lot of face time with the screen, just like it does at home.Originally Posted by Grimey
But with a CarPuter, you're driving a weapon of mass distraction...or is that mass "just crashin'"? Those little delays add up. Your keypresses fail 20% of the time, you have to go and retype, locating, clicking, waiting to see the result...
All that stuff takes your eyes off the road, robbing you of precious reaction time, should someone in front apply their brakes, or a child dash out from the curb. All the more reason for a whizbang, dead-simple interface, a graphical front end that minimizes that attention-robbing face time.
All the more reason to understand why new model cars with navigation systems do not allow you to change anything while the car is in motion. I understand very well why Apple might not want to cooperate with the use of their Mini in CarPuter installation.