• Oct 6, 2007

The mousetrap and mouse are locked in a constant battle for supremacy. The same is true with laws prohibiting texting while driving and the drivers who simply must text behind the wheel. Enter the capitalists: Microsoft and Nuance. Nuance makes voice recognition software and, combined with the Microsoft Sync system available in many Ford models, the driver would be able to dictate a text message to the car, and perhaps eventually do the same with e-mail.

A Nuance spokeswoman said "We are aiming for natural communication between car and driver, which will have benefits for concentration and safety." The way things are going, there are simply so many more things you can do in a car that we wonder how the increased ability to multitask, even if by voice, will ultimately aid concentration on actual driving. But we'll wait to see how it all shakes out before issuing judgment...

[Source: Auto Express]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      even if this does help concentrate on the road, wont it encourage this exact same thing?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The most distracting thing I've used in a car is a cell phone, and only for voice, and when I do use it it's only to take calls and tell people to call back or I'll call them later because I'm driving.

      Pay attention to the road people: we're all better off if you do.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you are going to use voice to write a text message, why not just make a phone call?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The use of a phone (for any purpose) whilst driving has been made illegal - but people still do it..! What I find especially annoying is women who use the phone (at the wheel) with small children in the rear passenger seat - not only illegal but downright irresponsible as well.

      To me there's a very effective method of getting the point across, If the police aren't around to deal with the perpetrators then (perhaps) a brick though the window might do the trick - they certainly wouldn't see it coming as they'd be far too busy (chatting) to notice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      how about invent a system that detects both hands on the steering wheel (except for switching gears of course and all those other buttons on the dash)? because what if you're in the middle of talking to the computer about what words you want in the email/text message, and then some freak cuts you off... and then you curse out loud like there's no tomorrow? and when you "click 'send message'"... what would happen? nothing to distract you while driving means you have more safety because you'll be more aware. so much more i could say, but im sure you guys get the idea.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are you f*** kidding me. Dictation for text messaging, really? Or did I accidentaly dial up theonion.com?
      • 7 Years Ago
      D.W.T. = Driving while texting .Extremely dangerous.