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11/2/2011 07:07 PM EDT
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Sheetal.Pandey
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Sheetal.Pandey   11/8/2011 11:51:28 AM
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Interesting application. Hope drivers use it in right spirit

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Duane Benson   11/4/2011 3:20:39 PM
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People do have a strong tendency to become dependent on technology aids. That can be a very good thing if the technology has enough coverage and is reliable enough. Take auto pilots in airplanes. Yes it does increase the risk of pilots losing some flying skills, but the safely level of commercial flying is much improved because of autopilots. Some people might say that traction control or anti-lock breaks make drivers too dependent on technology and reduce their driving skills, but those systems do improve car safety. Those systems are highly regulated and designed and built under very controlled conditions. Assist technology needs to cover enough of the job and be very reliable. For example, if a collision warning system detects most objects, but misses bicyclists. That's not good. Or if the software crashes periodically, that isn't good. This piece of software may be good and reliable enough, but there's no way of really knowing. With a phone in general, that's not a problem. But when you get into life-critical systems. I want assurance that it's going to work and always work.

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dwhite   11/4/2011 2:45:16 PM
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I am deadly serious. You are comparing safety related real-time embedded control systems developed by teams of dedicated engineers following industry standards to a phone and some Android code. Sure both will have failures but at vastly different rates. Look at the furor over sudden unintended acceleration. I'm not saying that it is right but some people have forgotten the concept of personal responsibility and the lawyers are fanning the flames while laughing all the way to the bank.

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PoseTech   11/4/2011 5:23:04 AM
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"...a visual radar app for high-end Android handsets.." What are the hardware/software requirements to run the app? Would all the 4G handsets on the markets meet the requirements?

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Jeff.Petro   11/3/2011 10:11:25 PM
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I hate to say it, but give it time and some litigation happy lawyer will sue in hopes of making a quick buck. We've seen it happen many times before, sue everyone and hopefully somebody will silently settle out of court. Remove the blame from the guy asleep behind the wheel and make the 3rd party liable. I wish you all the success in this product, as it's a great idea. Just be wary that people will become too dependant on this product and in turn, forget basic driving skills. This will ultimately lead to a crash and some lame excuse about how the app didn't beep loud enough or not at all. And before you know it, the lawyers use the shotgun approach for remedy (i.e. sue everyone). If only human nature would be as predicatble as a program.

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aatsmon   11/3/2011 9:28:19 PM
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Get serious... has anyone sued Google or Nokia for causing distracted driving?! Furthermore, FCW and HMW are reported to reduce the crash rate by at least 5%. These systems have been in the market for several years and nobody sued BMW or ME to date though no system is 100%...

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dwhite   11/3/2011 8:01:19 PM
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As an automotive software engineer I must say I'm flummoxed by human psycology. People sue automakers for putting the brake pedal too close to the gas pedal when they use the wrong one and then are willing to use their phone for collision avoidance. This is like suing your neighbor for slipping on ice on their sidewalk and then going skating on a pond...with thin ice...and sharks in the water...while juggling flame throwers... I suppose the lawyers are already drafting the lawsuits naming the phone maker, Google and probably the automaker just because they have deep pockets. I really hope this thing doesn't catch on.

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aatsmon   11/3/2011 5:56:05 PM
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Could you elaborate on that?

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chanj0   11/3/2011 5:46:04 PM
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This would be a fantastic app for Infotainment system, wouldn't it?

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aatsmon   11/3/2011 4:48:49 PM
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Actually you can take a look at the comments, you'll find things such as "saved me from a fender bender yesterday!". I think it says it all.

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