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Sunday, December 18, 2011

What Would A NTSB Recommended Nationwide In-Car Cell Phone Ban Mean For AppRadio?

A cell phone ban could change how the AppRadio functions

Recently the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended a nationwide ban on cell phone use while driving. There are many reasons to believe that using your cell phone while driving can be a distraction. Many states already impose a ban on talking, texting or even handling a cell phone while behind the wheel. The violation comes with fines amounting up to a few hundred dollars.

As we know, the AppRadio sometimes requires access to the connected iPhone/iPod Touch. Most often this is to launch an app. So if the NTSB recommended ban goes in place (it could be a while before this happens), I think Pioneer Electronics will have to change the way the AppRadio functions. I always felt that once the iDevice is connected to the AppRadio it should be put away making all necessary functions accessible from the AppRadio itself. The touch screen of the AppRadio functions very well and the screen is crisp and big. There should be no reason to even look at your phone while driving.

One more thing that would be great and useful would be being able to launch Siri from the AppRadio. Long pressing the home button on the AppRadio would do it (using the stereo's bluetooth connectivity, car's speakers and mic) and you would simply speak the necessary command. This would truly make the whole experience handsfree. Siri will hopefully be able to launch apps in the near future. Wouldn't that be awesome? It can already read back your text messages or play specific songs or playlists from the iPod.

Whether a national ban on cell phone use while driving happens or not I hope the AppRadio functionality changes for the better very soon. I don't want to break any laws while driving. Either way, remember to keep your hands on the wheel at all times while behind it (I hope Pioneer is listening).

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