Listen and respond to emails safely while driving

Listen and respond to emails safely while driving

Summary: People use their mobile devices while driving and this practice of interacting with one hand and trying to read a small display is dangerous. A new Bluetooth solution has been announced that allows you to listen to and even respond to emails without ever taking your hands off the wheel or eyes off of the road.

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I have been playing with voice command software on my mobile devices for a couple of years and like the ability to dial a contact, hear what my next appointment is, and even control my media player using voice commands in my car. I am much more of a data hound than I am someone who talks on the phone a lot and the one feature that I have been searching for is an application that will read me my incoming emails after I say something like "Read email" or "Next message". I just found a press release on Mobile Gadget News for a device that appears to solve this problem and a whole lot more.

ilanenew.jpgThe iLane is promoted as the "world's first hands-free and eyes-free email solution for in-vehicle use." The device can sit in your glove box (it is powered by your cigarette lighter) and connects via Bluetooth to your mobile phone and headset or in-vehicle car kit to interact with the driver. The iLane will notify you of incoming email (including details about the email and sender) and then you can have the message read to you, forward or reply to the message, and manage meeting requests using voice commands.

I am sure people will say this will cause more accidents and be too distracting, but I think eating a hamburger, drinking a pop, and doing your makeup is a lot more distracting than this kind of technology where at least you have both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road. Then again, people will probably try to use the iLane and still perform all these other functions while driving.

I personally would like to have something like the iLane even to serve as a filter so I would know if I need to pull over somewhere and respond to an email rather than checking my device display quickly at a red light or when stopped for a few seconds in traffic. There is no pricing or availability information yet available, but they are apparently working with car manufacturers and wireless carriers on launching the product.

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  • Vehicles are for DRIVING!

    Just what we need, something else to distract drivers. A moving car is not an office, it is a two ton deadly weapon that requires your full attention to operate safely.
    GrumpyOldMan
    • RE: Vehicles are for DRIVING!

      Amen! Doesn't anyone concentrate on the most important task in a vehicle, i.e., the driving, anymore?! With women applying makeup, people talking on their cell phones, eating and drinking (not just coffee), having sex, and God knows what else people do while driving, no wonder there are more and more accidents everywhere!

      HANG UP AND DRIVE, PEOPLE!
      Lady Di
  • First cellphones now EMAIL????

    My opinion is that anyone who does anything more than answer a phone and say "I'll call you back, I'm driving" is an idiot who doesn't deserve a license.
    alphawiz
  • Think Of The Court Cases On This One

    "Your honor, my client was driving down I-95 and was replying to an e-mail from BarelyLegalTeens.com when he ran into the guardrail...the evidence is totally circumstantial and the bottle of Viagra that was spilled on the dashboard with the used Kleenex was planted by law enforcement on the scene...I rest my case!!"
    itanalyst
    • and the judge replies ....

      Take your pick:
      "Guilty of reckless driving. Pay the fine."

      "Get the hell out of my courtroom."
      alphawiz
  • If your only time t to hear your email is while U R driving then

    unless U R a taxi cab or truck driver, U NEED TO GET A LIFE.

    As if people NEEDED MORE EXCUSES NOT TO FOCUS ON DRIVING ..... enough already.
    michael_t
  • But wait, there's more!

    "I am sure people will say this will cause more accidents and be too distracting, but I think eating a hamburger, drinking a pop, and doing your makeup is a lot more distracting than this kind of technology where at least you have both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road."

    I sorely disagree Matthew.
    Eating a hamburger or drinking pop does not require you to submit feedback. Other than a quick glance to calculate the current-location to mouth-location trajectory.
    Putting on makeup while driving is an absurd comparison to the above two examples. Unless one does it by Braille, then other problems arise.

    It has been estimated that driving requires four decisions per second.

    These decisions are based on input from all the senses coming in at ~ .1 second perception levels each. Analog signals with infinite bit rates.

    Humans can do amazing things but, in my opinion taxing the task of piloting a one ton plus vehicle at speeds including sixty five miles per hour with more non-driving information is asking for trouble.

    The ones who do makeup should be scooped out of the gene pool immediately.
    bony tryan
  • Where do I get one?

    Sounds great. I spend at least 2 hours a day in my vehicle driving to and from work, this would be a great device to have. Sounds like I would get most of my emails done while in commute. Cool!
    rwbilly@...
  • I agree that driving only is best...

    however, people will be talking and texting on the phone and I doubt there is anything that will stop them from doing so (except for an accident). I see so many people holding a phone up to their head while they drive and they are usually driving worse than anyone else on the road. I think the iLane may help make the situation better since people will use their phones in their cars and at least they will have two hands available to react.

    Vehicles are definitely massive weapons that kill more people than guns and wars, but so many people don't think of them like this and it is actually very scary seeing who is on the road and what they are driving.
    palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)