Suzuki-Garmin Partnership: Wise?

Driving home

Garmin, one of the top GPS navigational device manufacturers announced their in-dash technology will be coming to future Suziki models. In the wake of the release of the NHSTA’s Driver Distraction Guidelines for In-Vehicle Electronic Devices, it is unknown whether or not this partnership is the best idea. The system to be installed in most 2013 Suzuki vehicles sold in the United States will feature a 6.1-inch high-resolution touch screen display, CD player, AM/FM radio, USB slot for iPod/iPhone connectivity, internal flash memory, and Bluetooth. The system has been referred to as an “infotainment” system and will also be offeredRead More

NHTSA Moving to Eliminate Dynamic View GPS Maps

Teen Driver GPS

Earlier in the month, the Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for In-Vehicle Electronic Devices was released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency, and it had the GPS world quite flustered. Why, you ask? Namely section V.5.b, stating that “dynamic, continuously moving maps are not recommended”in reference to the GPS navigational device you use when looking for a location you’ve never before visited. Think about it: the map on the display doesn’t show an icon representative of your location moving along your route, nor does the map move in real-time as you travel along your way. Even with voice navigation,Read More

NHTSA Deems Dashboard GPS Navigation Unsafe

Crash Test

The Internet is buzzing about the recently released safe-driving guidelines published by the National Highway Transportation Safety Agency (NHTSA). In what many are calling ridiculous, the Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for In-Vehicle Electronic Devices (VMNDDGIVED) claims that modern GPS navigation devices are too distracting for drivers. The manual was released to serve as a guideline for vehicle manufacturers to build automobiles that minimize driver distractions and work for road safety. The manual doesn’t go as far as to outright ban GPS navigation devices, but suggests dumbing them down to the point of near-uselessness. According to the NHTSA, “Dynamic, continuouslyRead More

U.S. Government Proposes Guidelines to Limit Driver Distraction

Distracted Drivers Are Dangerous

Modern technology has made it possible for vehicle manufacturers  to design our cars with more and more conveniences built-in. The car-phones and in-car fax machines of the 90s have evolved into complex computer systems built right into the dashboard. Many dashboard GPS navigation systems allow drivers to send and receive text messages, watch TV and movies, browse the internet, and have virtually become built-in dashboard computers. As much as the latest and greatest luxury vehicle may help you keep up with the Jones’, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is more concerned about you keeping your eyes on theRead More