It seems that these days, each new invention, or even just an update to an existing product is trying to one up the one that just came out. Phones and cars are notorious for adding new buttons, gadgets, bells and whistles, etc. to the “LATEST and GREATEST” products to make them the next must-have item. But sometimes these new advantages seem unnecessary or even downright silly. In the case of the new Mazda with the option to update Facebook while driving, the addition seems both unessential and not safe.
Some uproar and backlash was received after Mazda showcased their newest car with Facebook technology in this past week’s Super Bowl, showing a man driving down the road updating his status. Although some may see this cool to some, this poses as a major safety threat. In a world where we are already worried about the danger that texting or even just talking on the phone has to drivers, why would we want to add an even more distracting element out to our vehicles. A Senator from West Virginia made the point that highway safety measurements are in progress and this new ad, and car, and he also mentions that this advance is a fatal one. He has a point, if we are too consumed looking down at the Facebook screen and not the wheel and the road ahead of you?
As people use cellphones more and more, the auto industry is trying to make smart phones services both hands and eyes free. That statement alone sounds kind of ridiculous. Yes, there is a way to do that but is it really worth it?
Whatever side of the debate you fall on, we must realize that a customer wants what a customer wants. Having a car without at least some of these bells and whistles is now considered obsolete. Days of non-smartphone cable cars are way in the past and even though there is always a critic from the other end, against some new technology. In this case, with good reason.
What are your thoughts on these cars with the newest screens, Facebook apps, etc.? Are Cars going to have computers/iPads/or even TVs for drivers to use in them in the future? Is is making driving safer or more dangerous?
Bachman, K. (2014, February 6). Will the Connected Car Lead to More Accidents? | Adweek. Retrieved February 6, 2014, from http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/why-would-anyone-need-update-facebook-while-driving-155536