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Safe driving techniques shine at Chicago Auto Show

GasBuddy Blog -- Cutting-edge technology tied to safe driving is one of the chief trends that surfaced at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show - the nation's largest. Manufacturers are hard at work developing new innovations that comply with road-safety regulations.

In an effort to keep roads safe, 75 municipalities throughout the state of Illinois, including Chicago, have banned the use of cell phones while driving. Other states also have laws barring such devices. Automakers have long been the leaders in developing hands-free interfaces allowing vehicle occupants to remain connected to their mobile device.

"Hands-free operation and smartphone interconnectivity applications are just some of the new technologies on display here at the 2013 Chicago...


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Submitted Feb 14, 2013 By: PD
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 5:54:58 AM

Face it, if you are concentrating on the conversation then you aren't concentrating on the driving. Just because you can stay connected doesn't mean it's a good idea. Focus. Enjoy what you drive.
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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 11:44:44 PM

Sounds good.
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SmartShopper520
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:59:38 AM

Road safety should be there to take advantages of the tips and ideas for Americans and Canadians alike. For those gb's that attended the Chicago Auto Show, this Canadian gb grandma hopes that each of you came away with something that will make you drive safer. We all need to be our part.
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brihtniej
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:55:29 PM

oh my goodness!!!
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garywa01
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 1:33:37 PM

wow
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Radicalrose
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 1:26:04 AM

Even with hands free phones people are distracted by the conversations, so how is newer technology going to make it safer to drive and talk on a phone?????
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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 11:36:41 PM

Good show
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 12:02:06 AM

maybe let the car drive, then the "driver" can text all he or she wants.
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moose21040
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2013 8:38:52 AM

Buy a phone with bluetooth and there is no problem.
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:57:30 PM

sure
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ejl2000
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 3:12:49 PM

when will they develop A__Hole free driving?
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Gville
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 2:28:57 PM

Think about ALL of the people you know. How many shouldn't even be trusted to tune a radio station while driving, let alone using a cell phone?
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txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 2:27:16 PM

I agre with lgwhitlock
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bston
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 2:10:44 PM

Even hands free doesn't assure safer driving; I can attest to that.
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lgwhitlock
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 12:59:51 PM

Anything can be a distraction but that said I think technology if done right could be helpful in driving while limiting distractions. If the interface to the smart phone could be completely voice activated and controlled then I think it has that possibility. The voice controls could be for things like getting directions or a map, getting info about hazards ahead like an accident and more. That would help the driver be safer. Then as far as music if that can also be voice controlled then it will be safer than radios in current cars. And as far as calls voice control will limit distractions from the road and maybe the tech could limit the length of calls so that you can impart info like I am driving and will call when I am parked and safe. I think technology has a big role to play and in the future with driverless cars even more so...
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91Hilux
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 12:12:18 PM

I have the strangest feeling of Deja vu...

The display should be in front of the driver, and only show info that pertains to DRIVING. No radio stations, caller ID's, etc.

You want to talk to someone, STOP and call them. You want to drive, then DRIVE ONLY.
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Cableman66
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:35:41 AM

Good answer "Cellsite". Everything thats a distraction to the driver is of concern now days. Moving stuff to the center console where you have to look down and away ain't safe. Moving stuff to the stearing wheel was an improvement.
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TC5504
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:23:55 AM

Ban cell phones while driving completely.
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BudsterMO
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:14:23 AM

Safety studies have shown that hands free cell phone use is just as dangerous as hand held phone use. Just go 100% cell phone free when driving.
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:12:59 AM

Now if they just outlaw illegal guns while driving the streets will be much safer, but if they are illegal in the first place how will they out law them?
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AriesMMD
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:11:33 AM

agree cellsite, instead of outlawing all sorts of thing while driving, why not just make it a felony if you participate in any distracting activities while you cause an accident.
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goalie1950
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:10:37 AM

All this safety technology being built into new cars and it still comes down to one thing: the person driving the car.
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Cellsite
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:08:53 AM

LOL, @DeserTBoB :)

Seems to me that the distraction while driving is just moving from the phone itself to the dang electronic screens in these new cars. Time was, all you had to do is glance at the speedometer once in a while. Any other problems showed up as a bright idiot light. If you think futzing with an analog car radio was distracting, these new screens will be 100 times more distracting, yet the auto industry is promoting them as a "safety" measure. Yeah, right.
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LtRTH
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:08:52 AM

Once we get drivers to quit texting or talking on their cell phones while driving, maybe we can get people to stop driving while holding their dogs in their laps.
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LongPlay
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:06:58 AM

Politicians need to quit making laws that only some people care about! Police have better things to do, but education about the dangers should allow the personally responsible drivers to make good decisions.
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DeserTBoB
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:03:01 AM

What is "scence," BigLtowing in Columbus? You're as dumb as the clown from Lizard Lick!
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Tiernan2012
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:03:00 AM

Drive defensively!
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bigLtowing
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:00:45 AM

common scence
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:00:37 AM

You can legislate restrictions on cell phone use and have enforcement of the law as a primary offense, all we have to do is insist our legislators do it.



[Edited by: Hop1LA at 2/15/2013 11:02:13 AM EST]
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Bigtex09
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 11:00:23 AM

safety is important in autos, fantastic
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boatmen
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:59:59 AM

old slow news day PD
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:59:58 AM

Good.
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:56:43 AM

DITTO
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:55:39 AM

Do you think they will enforce them?
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BrowntruckCA
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:52:58 AM

Ever since they made it illegal to use cell phones here in California, it seems pretty obvious to me that even MORE people have them stuck to the side of their faces as they drive (s l o o o o w l y) in the fast lane.

Can't legislate stupid out of the people.
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pachukdog1
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:52:05 AM

as they should
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dacofa
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:51:57 AM

Learn to drive, first rule of safety
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:51:37 AM

(blows raspberry)
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hwmillerster
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:51:04 AM

I say let the cell phone voice mail take the call while driving; the other party should know that you lead a busy life and can't be interrupted by some phone call at any time.
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impactdi
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:51:00 AM

Is talking on a cell phone any worse than trying to eat a Big Mac?
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:48:52 AM

safety is #1 in my books...
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:45:25 AM

What we need to do is reinstate drivers education in school. I remember when they ran the film about auto accidents with teenagers driving while drunk, or distracted and the results really hit home with the kids watching.
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:43:29 AM

Safety is very important.
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rockymountman
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:43:24 AM

they will never be able to legislate stupidity.

just another comment about the people commenting here to disable the cell phone when the car starts is a dumb idea. I want my cell phone to work if there is an emergency. Also some use it for gps.
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:42:15 AM

good
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BlueVanGroup
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:40:12 AM


After we have to pay for the new hands-free devices, they will be seen as a distraction, so we can't use them either.

Still, do you need to be talking with others every waking moment?
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:38:38 AM

I violate half the bans on the list. Been pulled over once in the last 5 years and let off with a stern warning.

[Edited by: CostEngineer at 2/15/2013 10:46:28 AM EST]
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oldforger
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:38:19 AM

it is better to make a cell phone disable in the vehicle.
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:37:58 AM

Safety first.
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treehood
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:36:41 AM

I don't care if we are prohibited from talking and/or texting when we are driving as long as i am able to play the games when driving.
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