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"This means that even if a user is driving and with one hand on the steering wheel, he should be able to browse your site with one eye and one thumb!"

almost 5 years ago from , Designer | arvidbayev.com

This is 100% real, from a proposal from one of the biggest agencies in my country. While I agree that websites should be easy to use, this kills the driver.

17 comments

  • Daniel De LaneyDaniel De Laney, almost 5 years ago

    I don't know if you've driven a car in the United States recently, but this is happening all day, every day. Next time you're stopped at a traffic light, look around at the other drivers. One or more of them will be texting or browsing or whatever else they do on their phones. Glance over after everyone starts moving again. They'll still be doing it.

    This is a terrible idea, yes. For better or for worse, you can't design a web site that prevents people from using their phones while they drive. The best you can do is to design a web site that requires minimal thought and visual contact to use. In a weird, roundabout way, you could save a life.

    I hope driverless cars save us from ourselves soon.

    10 points
    • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, almost 5 years ago

      This is so infuriating. Watching people drive with their head down for a couple meters is scary and pisses me off. Every time I come across one of these assholes, I wish I had control mind-control over machines and could levitate their car to park it on the side of the street.

      While I might never gain that power, I do wish phone companies like Apple could disable the all apps but Maps if the accelerometer detected speeds above 5mph. If someone's on a plane, Airplane Mode would account for this and not disable the phone.

      0 points
      • Daniel De LaneyDaniel De Laney, almost 5 years ago

        As someone who rides a motorcycle and would prefer to live if possible, I agree with you. As a designer, though, that’s not the right move. The problem isn’t the phone, it’s the car.

        People don’t want to operate machinery, they want to get from Point A to Point B. If you force people to do something for long enough, they’ll start tuning out. They’ll find something, anything, to distract themselves.

        Driverless cars are going to be great.

        2 points
        • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, almost 5 years ago

          That makes sense, but cars don't innovate as quickly as phones do. For the time being, phone companies taking over makes the most sense, until cars do.

          0 points
      • Sean GeraghtySean Geraghty, almost 5 years ago

        What if you are a passenger? No mobile phone for you then.... Or on public transport? This simply wouldn't be able to work. Plus, as I understand it, your movement would be stationary according to your accelerometer as it is relative to your phones position, which is also travelling at 5mph (or whatever speed).

        1 point
  • Sean O'GradySean O'Grady, almost 5 years ago

    Time to make my sites difficult to navigate and require both hands!

    4 points
  • Duncan RussellDuncan Russell, almost 5 years ago

    "This means that even if the user is fending off a pack of rabid hyenas with one hand, he should be able to browse your site with one eye and one thumb!"

    The possibilities are endless.

    2 points
  • Marcel Wichmann Marcel Wichmann , almost 5 years ago

    Guys... guys... what... what if that's... what if that is not meant literally?! Whoa.

    2 points
    • , almost 5 years ago

      It isn't. But what if they could think of an analogy that makes sense in the real world? And doesn't involve a driver putting his life at risk because of your website?

      Why can't you laugh at the big agency being stupid. We're sticking it to the man here! Ok? I really need this.

      3 points
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, almost 5 years ago

    ...source?

    2 points
  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, almost 5 years ago

    Supposedly skilled fighter pilots eventually can learn to look in two directions at once (out cockpit window and down at displays), but it strains your eyeballs.

    1 point
  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, almost 5 years ago

    ...he should be able to browse your site with one eye...

    How do even do that? Just imagining this person with super fine-tuned eye control.

    1 point