It still seems very distracting. AFAIK, it's not the act of holding a phone that is the problem, it's multitasking that's a problem. With this, you're still shifting your focus from the road, to the text message.
Talking to a passenger, listening to the radio, and using in dash navigation are all multitasking distractions too. Keeping your view forward, even if looking at a HUD, is probably still better than glancing at your phone under the steering wheel.
Am I the only one who thought this was a joke?
I don't want to be encouraged to tweet while driving. Ever. EVER.
I especially don't want anyone else on the road encouraged to imbibe in such distractions. We need to inform the public that it's OK to not take part in things besides driving while riving, not mask over the danger with a shiny little screen.
I fully agree.
I think that along with this, we also should not allow eating, changing radio stations, adjusting seatbelts, or talking to passengers.
I sense some sarcasm here :)
Nevertheless, I still think we're giving drivers more things to do that they shouldn't do when piloting a vehicle.
Haha definitely some sarcasm.
I fully agree regarding using social media while driving - why would you be tweeting or facebook-ing while driving? What's the point? That said, I wonder if this company has done studies showing a safety increase between the normal usage of the phone vs with their device.
There are tons of "safety awareness" campaigns out there trying to get people to stop fiddling with their phones while driving, but I have no idea their actual impact. Is there a benefit to something like this, that doesn't try to stop that usage but tries to make it safer, assuming that people will do what they want anyway?
(I never did understand why it wasn't illegal to eat or put on makeup or do your hair or shave while driving though.)
Off-topic, but this is the same actor that's in the Robinhood video, funny racket to be in.
Love his work
Yeah, he is basically a pioneer of startup videos
Wow, there goes my day's productivity, thanks for posting!
And 1/3 of the very funny (but sadly dormant) podcast You Look Nice Today
Oh man, thanks - It was driving me crazy, I was sure I knew that guy from somewhere else :D
OMG he's the Billy Mays of apps!
Seems cool, but really expensive. Couldn't something similar be done by just having an app with a reflected UI and a plastic mount for your phone, so it reflects off your windshield?
wouldn't be able to use gestures then
Amidst all the hate for this, I think its at least an improvement, but there is no way in hell I'd pay over 300 bones for this. I'll just wait to get my next car with it built into the windshield.
Seems pretty irresponsible to create something like this without any extensive research and testing around whether their technology is more or less distracting than voice controls or even texting and driving. I was surprised to see they're already taking pre-orders, when I couldn't find any research made available by their company. . .
One article sites a couple of studies that say HUD displays have their benefits, but ultimately can cause reduced peripheral vision, distance overestimation, and attention capture... which obviously means potential death on the road.
Here's another article on it from Mashable with a few quotes from the founder: http://mashable.com/2014/08/05/navdy-windshield-google-glass/
It just seems like a whole lot of claims that it's safer, simply on the assumption that: being able to see the road while seeing a display is less distracting than putting your head down and looking at a phone.
“Really bad things happen really quickly,” said Doug Simpson, 41, the CEO and co-founder of Navdy in an interview at our New York offices earlier this month. “If you’re going 60 miles an hour down the highway and you look down for four seconds to swipe to unlock your phone…you’ve just gone an entire football field blind. Seconds do count.”
... statistics work both way buddy, where's your numbers to indicate any sort of improvement?
Texting and driving can get you killed.
You could also do this for $20
Weird thing to focus in on, but for some reason I can't look away from the texture on the illustrations. It just makes them look like they are covered in dust. And that extends to when they show the iPhone and Android phone with their device.
Can't get over the Adam Lisagor in a Ford Fusion with the Bentley logo on it in the video.
Have to say, I'm a fan of Adam's videos.
Bonus points for the 'SANDWCH' vanity plate.
Adam makes the best videos.
Wait...thats not a Bentley.