According to the Department of Transportation’s head man, Ray LaHood, you can “drive the length of a football field without watching the road”, just by looking down at your phone for four seconds whilst driving. With a claimed 6,000 lives lost through distracted drivers in the U.S during 2008, and countless more injured, the use of phones whilst driving is highly dangerous.
As one of the worlds largest automobile manufacturer’s Ford understands this, and according to a report by The Detroit News, has used it to counteract the issue with the design of it’s second generation SYNC system.
The new system will introduce a “Do Not Disturb” switch, and will be an option in the 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, fitted with MyFord-Touch. The function of the DND switch will be to block any calls or text received whilst the vehicle is in motion. Hands-free calling and the 911 Assist system (that calls 911 incase of an emergency), will still be accessible though. With the DND activated the keypad will also be blocked to stop texting and Internet usage.
With all this new safety technology the only downfall will be the person behind the wheel not pressing the button. To read more click the link below.