If you listen to my national radio show or visit my website, you've probably already heard me warn about the dangers of distracted driving. And one of the biggest distractions in a car is the smartphone.
Look around and it's common to see drivers looking down at their screen, texting, pulling up driving directions, changing their music or doing whatever else instead of paying attention to where they're going. That gets people killed, which is why both Google and Apple are looking for a better solution.
In fact, when Google started doing research on the project it had employees volunteer to have cameras put in their car. Speaking to Buzzfeed News, the lead product manager, Andrew Brenner, recalls looking at the footage. “We were like, (heck), people are doing really unsafe things in their cars.”
Based on that work, the best and the brightest at Google put their heads together to come up with a safer system. Now their efforts are paying off. Starting with the 2015 model year, at least five auto makers are offering Google's new system in their cars. Even better, these car makers aren't just the high-dollar luxury brands, either. These are brands you might see in nearly anyone's driveway.