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Online game developed by the NY Times in 2009, tests how well you can text and drive

Posted: , by Alan F.

Test your ability to text while driving with this 2009 game developed by the New York Times

Test your ability to text while driving with this 2009 game developed by the New York Times


Back in 2009, the New York Times posted a story about texting while driving. Included with the story was a link to a browser based game developed by the newspaper, that puts you behind the wheel. When you see a green sign containing a number, that is the lane that you have to switch to. Changing lanes requires you to use the keyboard of your PC to press the number of the lane you're moving to.

Three times during the game, a cellphone will appear with a text message on the screen. You have to answer the text while continuing to "drive." When answering the text, you copy the words on the phone that are in bold-text. Use your mouse to text from the on-screen phone. The game ends when the final text message is answered.

When the Times printed the story on August 4th, 2009, the paper said that "New studies show that drivers overestimate their ability to multitask behind the wheel." The smartphone explosion was just beginning, although text enabled handsets had already been around for some time.

Since the Times story, virtual voice-activated personal assistants like Siri, Google Now and Cortana have made it easier for smartphone users to communicate to others hands free while behind the wheel. Still, it might open your eyes to play the Times' game. This way, if you ever get the urge to text while driving, you will remember how difficult the task really is. And even if you manage to achieve a high score with this game, do not text and drive. The life you save might be your own.

source: NYTimes via BGR

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posted on 27 Mar 2016, 20:32

1. Unordinary (Posts: 1488; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


New York state legislation made it illegal to text and drive since 2001.. Ouch.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 20:39

2. Unordinary (Posts: 1488; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Actually it was talking-driving in 2001. Texting and driving became illegal in Washington when the first law specifically banned all drivers from texting, effective January 1, 2008. Many states rapidly followed suit, prohibiting texting by all drivers. Why would NY Times do something this stupid?

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 21:02 2

3. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 539; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


New York Times is read outside of New York,.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 21:05 3

4. TheMan (Posts: 490; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


They did this to point out the stupidity of texting while driving -- and there are many locations where it is still legal to do so.

I remember playing this.

posted on 27 Mar 2016, 22:33

5. ibend (Posts: 4314; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


did they ban driving while using VR headset?

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 07:50

6. MyJobSux (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


HA, I'm a textpert!! -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWj42BxDXCU

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