In recent press releases, the Ford Motor Company has released information concerning upgrades to their SYNC software system that will read text messages aloud to drivers, removing the need for the driver to take their eyes away from the road.
Ford’s SYNC is an interfacing system that is completely integrated with the vehicle for voice commands to operate different devices, including the radio and cell phones, by using Bluetooth technology. The main difference between SYNC and other systems is that the standard existing Bluetooth connection was compatible with many phones. Ford’s SYNC includes the Messaging Access Profile (MAP) protocol that was custom designed for use in cars. The SYNC system is available in some 2011 model and almost all 2012 model Ford vehicles. To install the system, the software can be downloaded onto a USB drive from the company’s website. Then the motorist simply follows the instructions to install the program into the vehicle.
SYNC is part of a wider movement among the auto industry to make vehicles more technology-friendly and improve driver safety simultaneously. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that motorists that use hand-held devices are up to four times more likely to be involved in car accidents involving serious injury. The most at-risk age group is teen drivers, who are more likely to be texting in the first place.
As a Federal Way car accident lawyer, I’m glad to see that efforts are being made on the part of the auto industry to increase driver safety. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you think was the result of another’s distracted driving habits, speak with a car accident lawyer in your area to learn more about your legal options.