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August 6, 2011

Steer-Safe: Good idea... or terrible?

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Long story short: It's a Kickstarter project I happened on a couple days ago, meant to fund a hands-free steering wheel-mounted smartphone holder.

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Now before you get you baggies in a twist, like when I featured this doofus demonstrating how he'd tricked out his iPhone so he could watch movies while driving (even Boing Boing thought that was worth weighing in on), the inventors of Steer-Safe say they want to make using your phone in your car safer (no glancing to the side and taking your eyes off the road) and get closer to a true heads-up display of driving directions if you're using a navigation program, again instead of having to move your eyes to the side and down to see the screen.

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And there are the predictable disclaimers that you should not do anything dumb but come on.

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So you tell me: thumbs up or thumbs down?

Me, I think it's a good idea and I'm backing them.

Twenty-five years from now, when people tell their kids that people actually drove their own cars on the open road — and that the acceptable yearly death toll from same in the U.S. ranged from 35,000 to 50,000 for decades — they just won't believe it.

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"Keep your eyes on the screen and your hands upon the whee-ul!"

Posted by: Jim Morrison | Aug 8, 2011 12:18:58 PM

Just wait till projection on the windshield happens (and it will).

At first it will be a revelation (critical info low on the windshield).

Then all the big boys will vie for any square millimeter for advertising!

Posted by: Joe Peach | Aug 6, 2011 6:44:50 PM

Bad idea.

1. The phone always being in your face means users may likely use it more. And doing *anything* else on top of driving (regardless of whether it's in your hands or not) is not safe. Not something to encourage.
2. The phones placement on the steering wheel may interfere with the driver's hands that are on the wheel.

Eeek.

Posted by: Joe | Aug 6, 2011 4:33:01 PM

Malo

Posted by: DougD | Aug 6, 2011 3:59:51 PM

Very Dumb Idea!!!! Try turning the wheel with that thing hanging on it. Not to mention the idiots who will watch videos, check their social media updates, and email while NOT parked!

Posted by: Virginia | Aug 6, 2011 2:48:33 PM

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