A favorite phrase of mine, that I am often known to utter, seems to fit here; “Help me understand this.” We’re not supposed to text while driving, and many believe that even hands-free conversation on a cell phone is a risk – something about distraction and multitasking don’t mix well with driving. There are a few insurance company television commercials trying to point that out, too. That said, check out this recent news release:
[15-Sep-2010 – General Motors Global] With over 500 million members, social media networks like Facebook have become a part of daily life. To meet society's growing desire to be connected at all times, "OnStar is: unveiling a new social media interactive program for the car." The OnStar Facebook application will enable drivers to verbally dictate a message to update their status. With only a push of a button, the service will also allow subscribers to listen to their most recent news feeds. Other new technologies will include voice-based texting, which allows customers to send and receive texts using Bluetooth. In addition to the introduction of innovative car apps, the company is improving on its tried and true services like Automatic Crash Response. The latest version is being enhanced with a new service called First Assist which provides important life-saving instructions to occupants until first responders arrive.
Really, how important is it to update your Facebook status from within your car? Taking it one step further, I can only imagine some of the "voice-based texting" I might see from drivers who are recording the message as someone cuts them off in traffic -- I don't recall if those words are in my T9 predictive text.
If you are a BMW driver who wants to experience "Joy is BMW", or you are one who appreciates the handling of your brand of driving machine, I think you will be a little too busy to do the social media thing. What do you think?