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Automakers Develop Solutions For Smartphone Users

Multiple media outlets have indicated that drivers have been using the internet on their portable devices more often than ever.

The survey has been performed by State Farm and according to the reports, the number of young drivers texting or using the internet behind the wheel has increased 19 percent in 2012. In 2009, 29 percent of young drivers used their smartphones behind the wheel while 48 percent of young drivers in 2012 use their smartphones while operating a vehicle.

Checking e-mail or surfing the web are the most common activities amongst drivers 18 to 29 years old, according to the survey. Due to that reason and the fact that distractions have become the major factors behind auto crashes in the country, multiple automakers have been working on creating infotainment systems that not only allow drivers to make phone calls and text via voice command, they are also creating technology that will keep the driver from utilizing their phones or any other handheld device while driving.

According to some of the reports, BMW has launched an app that will allow Facebook and Twitter posts to be automatically read aloud for drivers who would like to keep up with their online accounts while behind the wheel.

This apps option is part of the automaker’s ConnectedDrive suite that also offers e-mail and other options through voice activation. This app, reports show, also offer drivers the option of using Google search, listening to the news and receiving weather updates while on the go.

Mercedes-Benz has also created clever solutions for the distraction issue by developing a system known as mbrace2 system, which gives drivers the option of making Google searches, checking Facebook updates or Yelp links with ease. Other car makers have also been working on developing their own system like Ford, Toyota and GM.

According to the news agencies, the three automakers mentioned previously already have options to allow drivers access to some smartphone features via voice command. Audi equips some of its vehicles with Audi Connect, which creates a Wi-Fi hotspot in the vehicle, which is provided by a T-Mobile SIM card.

Many automakers are working hard to develop more technological devices and apps to make the life of the driver easier and more comfortable, however, what’s really important in this process is to develop more safety devices and technology that will improve the quality of the ride.

To learn more about this study and how carmakers are developing new safety and connectivity systems, click here to read the full article.

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