Apple’s CarPlay and safety

“It’s no surprise that some organizations are raising safety concerns about Apple’s forthcoming CarPlay technology, but the ship has already sailed on their main concern: distracted drivers,” Jim Dalrymple writes for The Loop. “The fact is, CarPlay will help alleviate many of the biggest distractions in cars today.”

“Drivers are distracted. This isn’t new, drivers have been distracted since the first automobile rolled off the assembly line—people are talking, music playing on the radio, even other cars are distracting,” Dalrymple writes. “What is new is that, if anything, drivers are becoming more distracted. Text messages, phone calls, Facebook, Twitter and many other beeps and vibrations take a driver’s eyes off the road to focus on their devices.”

“What we need is a technology that will allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road—that’s what CarPlay delivers,” Dalrymple writes. “With a touch of the voice button, Siri will handle most tasks that you want to do with CarPlay. If you don’t use Siri, you’re missing out on a great technology. Siri will be CarPlay’s secret weapon. It will allow you to manipulate CarPlay without being physically distracted by looking down at your device. Technology and safety all rolled into one unit. CarPlay is, from my experience with in-car navigation systems, safer than anything else I’ve used.”

Read more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote on Wednesday:

What’s less distracting, dealing with a user interface that’s familiar to over a billion iPhone, iPod and iPad users made by the world’s absolute leader in user interfaces or trying to deal with with the convoluted, generally awful, and confusing morass of so-called user interfaces found in vehicles today?

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