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March 10, 2009

Survey: Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Oppose Full Ban on Cell Phone Use in Car

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

The National Safety Council’s proposed cell phone ban reportedly isn’t going down well with most adults in U.S., according to a survey by Parrot Inc.

About 46 percent of Americans believe that instead of completely banning the use of mobile devices in cars, the government should allow the usage of True Voice Activated Hands Free Devices.
Lots of Americans and people all over the world tend to use their cell phones while driving. If the driver is making a call, it makes them take their eyes off the road while dialing. Even if the driver is taking the call, his ability to concentrate on the act of driving is severely impaired, jeopardizing the safety of vehicle occupants and pedestrians.
But U.S. adults are all for using the modern technology and using their cell phones. The Parrot study shows that 84 percent of younger adults – ages 18 to 34 – feel that people would vote against legislators who support it. Even though the proposed legislation prohibits the use of all cell phones while driving, U.S. adults feel that true, voice-activated hands-free systems, such as installed car kits, should not be banned.
“Ultimately, the survey results mirror Parrot’s beliefs,” said Christian Coly, director of technology at Parrot, Inc. “If one must take or make a phone call while driving, Bluetooth enabled hands-free solutions from Parrot and others allow drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road thanks to voice activated control and outstanding sound quality.”
Parrot states that car kits and factory installed systems allow drivers to take and make calls without ever taking their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road. In September last year, the company launched a next-generation hands free speakerphone, the new super-slim Parrot MINIKIT Slim. Using Parrot’s latest voice recognition and DSP technology, the sleek Bluetooth car kit has user-independent voice recognition and text-to-speech capability. With a total contact capacity of 2,500 names with 1,000 names per phone, the Parrot MINIKIT Slim synchronizes automatically with up to five cell phones.

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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan

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