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Old 11-25-2013, 11:52 AM   #13
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Seems like they might have the power to affect things which are part of the car, but not smartphones in general. Many people do not own a car, so a blanket "GPS says you are moving, therefore no texting" regulation on smartphones is not going to fly.

Along those lines, what I'd really like to see from automakers is for them to get out of the electronic gadget business altogether. The car has a lifespan of 11+ years, but the same is not true of electronic stuff like smartphones and navigation systems. We'd be better off with a simplification of the technology that is attached to the car, offloading all the good stuff to a smartphone. Just give me a nice big touchscreen and a standardized interface so my phone can use it.

Originally Posted by brainfreeze View Post
Most phones already have imbedded motion detection. Most will automatically reply to messages stock answers like " I'm driving now and cannot text back.
Most? Neither iPhone nor Android do it out-of-the-box, and iPhone can't do it at all.

Also, the only motion detection embedded into a phone is the GPS. Lots of phones have accelerometers, but that only works if you are accelerating.
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