Thirty one U.S. states have banned texting while driving and nine states have passed a complete ban on the use of cell phones in moving vehicles, so automakers are fighting to develop a human-machine interface (HMI) that will bring drivers the information they want in their cars quickly and safely.
As consumers demand more and more in-car connectivity, such as Facebook, navigation apps or video streaming, there is huge and dangerous potential for drivers to be distracted. Thirty one states have already banned texting and some have banned the use of mobile devices in the vehicle altogether. As a consequence automakers are faced with a challenge: How do they satisfy consumer demand for in-vehicle content and adhere to strict safety regulations? Telematics Update’s HMI Report (2012 edition) aims to help automakers and telematics solution providers do just that.