Ford is installing a new feature in all its new vehicles that can read text messages out loud, intended to reduce texting while driving. It’s called Sync, and is installed in all 2012 Ford vehicles (except the Ranger). It uses a Bluetooth connection, syncing with your cell phone. It alerts you when you receive a text message then reads them out loud and allows you to respond with various pre-written messages. You don’t have to take your hands off the steering wheel.
It appears common knowledge that texting and driving at the same time is a bad thing. One 2009 study found such driver behavior increased the risk of a truck getting into an accident by more than 23 times. Another found that texting and iPods caused drivers to leave their lane 10% more often during driving simulations. If you still don’t agree with this, you can prove it to yourself with an interactive game that the New York Times created.
Do you text while driving?