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Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Solution 184

Posted by Soulskill
from the problems-we-don't-really-want-to-solve dept.
redletterdave writes: "April was National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Unfortunately, the recognition of this month for distracted driving was a hollow gesture — just like the half-hearted attempts at developing apps that prevent cell phone use while driving. After a week of trying to find an app that prevents me from all cell phone use from behind the wheel entirely, I've given up. The Distracted Driving Foundation lists about 25 apps on its website — there are a few more on Apple's App Store — but I couldn't find a single one that was easy to use. Most were either defunct, required onerous sign-up processes, asked for subscription plans, or simply didn't work as advertised."
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Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Solution

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  • by sweBers (2469450) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @03:58PM (#46883897)
    I spent my whole drive to work looking for apps to prevent me from using my phone. I gave up after parking my car.
  • by CrimsonAvenger (580665) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @03:59PM (#46883905)

    Seriously, does it really require an app to either:

    A) Not answer?

    B) Turn the phone off?

    Well, if you can't handle either of the above, I suggest putting your phone in the trunk.

    And if that doesn't work, set the phone on the ground just behind one tire of your car, get in the car, and back up ten feet....

  • My app (Score:5, Funny)

    by sandytaru (1158959) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @04:01PM (#46883925) Journal
    It's called the iPurse. I keep my phone inside it when I'm in the vehicle. As long as you don't undo the zipper, the cell phone cannot be used while driving. They also have more masculine variations known as the iManBag that even have special slots to hold the phone.
  • by rubycodez (864176) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @04:04PM (#46883975)

    I'll have to check those out on the drive home

  • by Jason Levine (196982) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @04:15PM (#46884107)

    Exactly! If you use the right tool, you can solve this instantly. Take a hammer and use it on your phone. Then you won't be able to use it while driving. What's that you say? You can't use it when you're not driving either now? That's a bug that we hope to have fixed in Hammer 2.0.

  • Re:Easy fix (Score:5, Funny)

    by PaddyM (45763) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @05:01PM (#46884523) Homepage

    Oh yeah? Well you try turning the phone off when you're driving! I need some kind of animatronic assistant with opposable thumbs to execute my orders. Your "kill switch" approach is just another demonstration of the stagnation of technology by those who don't understand what kind of lip service I'm trying to avoid! If people like me succumbed to that sort of humdrum do-it-yourself dystopia, I'd hate to imagine what sort of synergy-less society we'd all become. Luckily I'll keep talking to all my best friends forever in my socialnetworkhood with my augmented reality headset where all us dreamers chill until we come up with something that truly solves my problem forever: distraction-free flying virtual segways coasting the information superhighway picking up apps that inspire and awe all future generations. And you just want me to turn it off. How dumb am I?!?!?!

  • Obligatory (Score:5, Funny)

    by maz2331 (1104901) on Wednesday April 30, 2014 @05:08PM (#46884573)

    Your post advocates a

    (x) technical ( ) legislative ( ) market-based ( ) vigilante

    approach to fighting distracted driving. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work.
    (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws
    which used to vary from state to state before a bad federal law was passed.)

    (x) It blocks calling the cops on other drivers who pose a real threat
    (x) Telling a passenger from a driver isn't possible
    ( ) No one will be able to find the guy or collect the money
    (x) It is defenseless against brute force attacks
    ( ) It will stop distractions for two weeks and then we'll be stuck with it
    ( ) Users of phones will not put up with it
    ( ) Google & Apple will not put up with it
    ( ) The police will not put up with it
    (x) Requires too much cooperation from drivers
    ( ) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once
    ( ) Many users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers
    ( ) Drivers don't care about crashing
    ( ) Anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else's career or business

    Specifically, your plan fails to account for

    ( ) Laws expressly prohibiting it
    ( ) Lack of centrally controlling authority
    (x) Affecting non-drivers
    (x) Asshats
    ( ) Jurisdictional problems
    (x) Other forms of distraction that are even more dangerous
    ( ) Unpopularity of weird new laws
    ( ) Public reluctance to accept weird new forms of money
    (x) Willingness of users to install inconvencing apps
    (x) Bluetooth tethering to the car's audio for handsfree use
    ( ) Technically illiterate politicians
    (x) Extreme stupidity on the part of people who text while driving
    (x) Dishonesty on the part of drivers themselves
    ( ) Bandwidth costs that are unaffected by client filtering
    (x) Using a power button works better

    and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

    (x) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever
    been shown practical
    ( ) Any scheme based on opt-out is unacceptable
    ( ) Phone use should not be the subject of legislation
    ( ) Blacklists suck
    ( ) Whitelists suck
    ( ) We should be able to drive however we want
    ( ) Countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or credit card fraud
    ( ) Countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public networks
    ( ) Countermeasures must work if phased in gradually
    ( ) Why should we have to trust you and your servers?
    ( ) Incompatibility with open source or open source licenses
    (x) Feel-good measures do nothing to solve the problem
    ( ) I don't want the government tracking my phone
    ( ) Killing them that way is not slow and painful enough

    Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

    (x) Sorry dude, but I don't think it would work.
    ( ) This is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it.
    ( ) Nice try, assh0le! I'm going to find out where you live and burn your
    house down!

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