Dashboard Apps Aim to Overcome Distracted Driving

As smartphones continue to play a major role in our lives, BMW and Glympse aim to provide drivers with a safer yet more accessible option to use applications. Glympse is an application that allows people to share their location with other people for short periods of time. They are currently working with automakers such as BMW, Ford, and Mercedes to integrate it into cars’ displays. The goal is to be able to project the application onto the dashboard so that drivers would not have to look away from the road in order to transfer this information. BMW hopes to work with these designers on another level to incorporate various apps such as TuneIn, Rhapsody, and Audible to enhance the driver’s experience.

The concept behind this deal is attractive because many drivers rely on their smartphones to multitask when they are driving. Basic functions such as calling and changing music tracks while driving have been incorporated into many car designs. However, the idea of projecting apps onto the dashboard is a breakthrough. Although some people say this function would distract drivers, I believe that this new function would allow the driver to accomplish more while they are on the road.

Written By: Melody Mark

Source:

Wingfield, Nick. “Dashboard Apps Aim to Overcome Distracted Driving.” The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 1 Apr. 2013. Web. 1 Apr. 2013.

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