Texting while driving has been such a major issue that Oprah took it upon herself to start the “No Texting While Driving” pledge. But now, carmakers are ignoring her warnings and pledge and pushing the no texting while driving envelope with their latest “enhancements” to their vehicles.
GM, Ford, and Nissan Motor Companies are following behind Volkswagen in their quest to keep you connected to the Internet while in their vehicles. Volkswagen bill themselves as the first to offer in-car systems that “access Google, Facebook and Twitter”, according to the Detroit News.
But, the new option isn’t being embraced by the National Transportation Safety Board. They are upset that carmakers are ignoring the dangers of mixing this technology with the driving experience:
“If the auto manufacturers focused as much on safety as they do on marketing their products, we would save a lot of lives,” National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman.
Hersman’s words suggest that the carmakers put the gadgets and aesthetics of the vehicle before passenger safety. Do you text while driving or have some type of web distraction while driving? What do you think? Web or no web?