CAR Conference Focuses on Safety Needs

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Detroit Free Press - September 29, 2012

Cen­ter for Auto­mo­tive Research (CAR) con­fer­ence brought experts together to dis­cuss safety and con­nec­tiv­ity con­cerns in today’s cars, focus­ing on the ten­sion automak­ers and tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies face.

Find out what the experts came up with.

Dri­vers won’t deac­ti­vate their dig­i­tal devices when they get into a car, so automak­ers must offer safe ways for them to con­tinue com­mu­ni­cat­ing, sev­eral experts sug­gested Friday.

Par­rish Hanna, Ford’s global direc­tor of human machine inter­face, said the indus­try must “draw some lines in the sand” and deter­mine whether it should try to dis­able cer­tain actions in the vehicle.

“All dis­trac­tions are not cre­ated equal,” Hanna said. “Talk­ing to a pas­sen­ger, hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion in a car, glanc­ing out­side a vehi­cle at every­thing around you, being aware of occu­pants are sig­nif­i­cantly less dan­ger­ous than read­ing a paper or per­sonal grooming.”

The experts agreed that tex­ting while dri­ving is the most dis­turb­ing trend in the vehi­cle. But leg­isla­tive bans are only as effec­tive as the level of enforcement.

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