The Herald reports:
A Kiwi company has developed an app that allows drivers to listen to emails at the wheel. Beweb created the free Speaking Email app after director Mike Nelson got frustrated at being unable to safely read emails on his commute from Auckland’s North Shore to the city.
And though he admits drivers shouldn’t have any distractions, he said banning cellphones while driving wasn’t working. Rather than expecting drivers to ignore their phones, apps should be designed with a “safe-driving” mode.
Sounds like a great app. especially if it could do more than just read out e-mails but also do direct messages, maybe even tweets.
National manager of road policing, Superintendent Steve Greally, said anything that took a person’s attention away from the road was a safety risk.
“If someone is concentrating on an email, they are not likely to be giving their full attention to driving.”
True. So we should ban playing music in the car, listening to talkback radio or having passengers as they may talk to you.