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Text emails and phone calls on your bike windscreen

Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 31 Mar 2016

Samsung have released a video demonstrating their 'Smart windshield' that can display text messages, emails, maps and tell you who is calling. Whilst Samsung are calling this 'a new concept in road safety' transforming the windshield into a 'safety device', it's difficult to see how presenting information in this way could be anything but dumb.

Reading an email or even a text message on a display which requires your eyes to be looking away from the road is almost suicidally dangerous. What the hell were Samsung thinking?? Take a read of the comments to see that, thankfully, the majority agree this is a very bad idea.

Bikers already have enough hazards to deal with and anything that takes your attention away from the road for more than a fleeting glance should be consigned to the dustbin.

Source: YouTube

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Posted by Dabri on Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:21 am Reply with quote

Perhaps they released the story a day early.

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Posted by RobBrady on Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:43 pm Reply with quote

I am 100% sure this will happen, but I believe they will disable the ability to use it unless stationery, similar to dashboard TVs.

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Posted by DennisN on Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:37 pm Reply with quote

Yes, just like my satnav - it says something like "features are disabled when driving. Take your eyes off the road to read and inwardly digest this message, then take a hand off the wheel (even better off the handlebars) and press OK to accept that you have read this message". Rolling Eyes


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Posted by stanwhite_snr on Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:37 pm Reply with quote

I think it is a great idea... IF what they do now is take both hands off the handlebars and fiddle with their phone... On the other hand, it would be better to ban phones altogether....

Posted by FourQ on Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:56 am Reply with quote

As phones have priority notifications filters, it could be that it will only show those. A simple NFC sticker can toggle turning this on/off.

I think it's safer than the ones that show up in your lid and far safer than looking at the map pocket in your tankbag to read something on your phone. At least this way you can look over the notifications, they won't be there when you turn your head, but let you keep your eye on the road if you're taking in a text.

Car drivers fiddle about with their iDrive or touch screen, taking their eyes off the road completely to adjust the temperature, radio etc. Hell, I've seen someone rip their iPhone from their suction holder because Siri wasn't playing nicely, only to hold the phone in one hand and tap away with the other!

Ultimately, it comes down to how much do you allow technology to distract the person in control?

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