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#4057 of 4067 Dope on cell phone
Oct 01, 2012 (9:37 am)
Recently, while stopped on a road (that has 45 MPH limit) at stop sign waiting for traffic to clear so that I can cross, up comes a guy in an SUV holding a cell phone to his head in his left hand. He is waiting for opposing traffic to clear so that he can turn on the road I am on. Sure enough he is blabbing away while waiting, then when an opening in opposing traffic, he makes his left turn in front of me steering apparently with his right hand, blabbing away while turning.
#4058 of 4067 Re: Dope on cell phone [xrunner2]
Oct 11, 2012 (9:59 am)
I almost met my end with a woman in an Expedition doing nearly the same thing. Had I not anticipated it I'd be gone.
Mar 06, 2013 (7:06 pm)
"Simply stated, handheld portable devices must be rendered unoperable whenever the automobile is in motion or when the transmission shaft lever is in forward or reverse gear," they wrote in a Viewpoint essay in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Automobile and cell phone equipment manufacturers have the engineering capabilities to implement these safeguards, and they should be required to do so."
Cellphones shouldn't be able to work in moving cars, experts say (Anchorage DAily News)
#4060 of 4067 Re: rendered unoperable? [steve_]
Mar 06, 2013 (7:40 pm)
If only they could spell "inoperable".
Strange how it always seems to be the least skilled drivers who insist on texting & driving...
#4061 of 4067 Re: rendered unoperable? [steve_]
Mar 06, 2013 (7:43 pm)
I hate phone yappers, but that sounds like more half-baked bluster from the overpaid detached world of academia. Disable a phone by a car being in gear? And just how would that be implemented? A "transmission shaft lever"? What world do these people live in? Not even the nanny state Euros are this dumb.
#4062 of 4067 Re: rendered unoperable? [steve_]
Mar 07, 2013 (5:11 am)
"Automobile and cell phone equipment manufacturers have the engineering capabilities to implement these safeguards, and they should be required to do so."
What about GPS? If all cell phones had this technology, seems that engineers that design cell towers could figure out how to determine if a phone was moving. Except for a 911 call, they should be able to put in some hardware and/or software to simply terminate the call in progress.
Also, believe that cell technology is continuously monitoring both the strength of the signal from the cell talker and also determine movement with triangulation. This must be done to determine when to pass off the cell talker to the next cell tower in the direction of the talker's movement. So, there already is technology/software/hardware in place that "knows" that the cell talker is moving. Would seem not that difficult to take next step of software that then terminates call when sufficient data on the talker is in that he/she is moving.
Of course, cell service providers will strongly resist any efforts by government that would require them to terminate moving cell talkers. Loss of revenue to them.
#4063 of 4067 Re: rendered unoperable? [xrunner2]
Mar 07, 2013 (8:19 am)
Not to mention streaming music through the phone etc that has nothing to do with talking, usage by passengers, phones that don't have GPS (many people still use "dumb phones"), software hacks that could easily defeat such technology, etc. Just more academics trying to earn their salaries. Enforcing the laws is a simpler solution.
#4064 of 4067 Re: rendered unoperable? [xrunner2]
Mar 07, 2013 (12:13 pm)
terminate moving cell talkers
Now there's an idea worth considering!
How about we just make bluetooth connectivity for both text and voice mandatory? I hate the nanny state stuff, but the situation is really getting out of hand.
#4065 of 4067 Re: rendered unoperable? [vinnyny]
Mar 17, 2013 (7:43 am)
Perfect solution really...Bluetooth would solve these issues except texting but talking is really so much better than texting. Am looking into replacing my factory radio for a unit that is Bluetooth capable to make life a bit easier. Though I normally do not talk and drive, it sometimes has to be done. Even rentals should have this Bluetooth function as lost tourists always use their devices to call for help or directions. Eventually, smart phones are going to be so integrated into daily life, it won't be funny. I predict the days of the "dumb phone" as numbered. Heck, even I came over to the dark side last month with my android HTC unit and love it and what it can do. Just wish the price for data plans would go down with the amount of data given go up which eventually, will have to happen. It has to be made more economical so everyone will be able to use this function.
Jun 23, 2013 (11:07 am)
Funny craigslist ad today:
^!^2005 Chrysler Town & Country^!^COME FOR A TEXT DRIVE