At Ford, texting while driving is job none

At Ford, texting while driving is job none
Becoming the first auto company to make such a statement, Ford has come out in favor of a federal ban on texting while driving. The automaker has thrown its support behind a bill proposed by Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) who wants a 25% cut of federal highway funds enforced on states that do not comply with a ban on text messging and driving. The Dearborn, Michigan based firm also supports a similar bill in the House put up by Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.).

Susan M. Cischke, Ford’s group vice president for sustainability, environment and safety engineering, said in the statement, "The most complete and most recent research shows that activity that draws drivers’ eyes away from the road for an extended period while driving, such as text messaging, substantially increases the risk of accidents. Ford believes hands-free, voice-activated technology substantially reduces that risk by allowing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Ford supports a ban on hand-held text messaging while driving." Ford's support stops short at the company's own Ford Sync system of in-car, hands-free communication that allows most cellphones to be used without holding them, and also reads text messages aloud. Senator Schumer praised the automaker for supporting a ban, saying that the company deserves credit for stepping up and becoming the first automaker to endorse one. So far, 14 states and the District of Columbia have banned driving and texting.


source: NYTimes

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4 Comments

1. vulgar

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 04, 2009

So what they need to do is somehow make bluetooth texting.. im sure its possible. OR we could just learn to call instead of text.. prop. the smarter decision.

3. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I think the Ford Sync already offers this.

4. vmatikov

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 28, 2009

Oh hey BlackBerryUser.. Remember me? Ya. I agree with vulgar... Calling > texting, and we all text way too much (me included). Let's all learn to call instead of text in certain situation.. Better yet let's learn to pick up our phones. kthxbai

2. durkadurkha

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 10, 2009

So protecting me from my cell phone in the car is more important than protecting my identity from being stolen?

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