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Forget responsibility

You can have my navigation system, dvd player, bluetooth, and iPod connectivity when you pry it from my cold dead hands

Big Brother in your car:

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, in the non-binding guidelines issued today, also called for disabling manual texting, Internet browsing, 10-digit phone dialing and the ability to enter addresses into a built-in navigation system for drivers unless the car is in park.

The latter is already here and it’s annoying. My wife’s Earthfucker has a fancy navigation system that you can’t edit while the vehicle is moving. It’s also not smart enough to enable editing of it when there’s a passenger in the car. We’ve had to actually stop the vehicle a few times to key an address instead of it being smart enough to realize that there’s a passenger in the car to key it.

Update: Feds Push NY Towards Full Ban On Electronic Devices In Cars

16 Responses to “Forget responsibility”

  1. Nolan Says:

    That’d really suck for people without a “park” for their vehicle.

  2. tkdkerry Says:

    Nothing will stop this crap unless people refuse to buy cars with these features. And I’m not so sure about that anymore.

  3. Alan Says:

    That’s a big reason I didn’t get the nav system in my new truck. Google navigator doesn’t care if you’re moving.

  4. karrde Says:

    @tdkerry: if the US-DOT says it’s mandatory, it will be impossible for any automaker to manufacture and sell a car without the feature.

    You’d be surprised at how deep and long the FMVSS regulations are.

  5. bob Says:

    It would also suck for passengers. There doesn’t seem to be a remedy for public ‘officials’ and their ‘unintended consequences’ stupidity.

  6. karrde Says:


    is there a voice-command option for the Navi? Is that locked out also when the vehicle is in motion?

    I’m trying to find stuff on the web about this…some older models of Lexus/Toyota had a similar Navi lockout, and there were published workarounds. But Ford likely uses a different supplier, and they may have disabled the work-around.

  7. Kujo21 Says:

    Yeah there are definite work arounds. I’ve installed a few aftermarket units. It works on one wire being grounded. Find that wire and if someone where to attach it to the frame of the vehicle, there you go. Everything works. Well at least I’ve heard… Then again you shouldn’t have to do that.

  8. Kujo21 Says:

    Sorry should clarify… That one wire coming off the radio/dvd/navigation unit is the Park Brake sensor wire. Ground that to the frame. As far as I know 100% of all units use that as their indicator.

  9. gritzly Says:

    It’ll take about 3 seconds and someone will have hacked it to disable that particular feature. Look at DVDs. Encryption out the wazoo. Took someone almost zero time to work around that.

  10. SayUncle Says:

    Google navigator doesnít care if youíre moving.

    When I bought mine, I had the option to buy a $3K box that did navigation, mp3 and rearview camera. Or I could use my phone and the mirrors.

  11. Les Jones Says:

    Yeah, the upcharge for factory nav systems is loco.

  12. Texas Jack 1940 Says:

    I finally bought a cell phone (and that’s ALL it is) about a year ago, for two reasons. If I break down (I’m 71) I can call for help; if my car breaks down (she’s 39) I can call for help. One other use that applies to this discussion; if I see someone driving like an idiot or a drunk, I can call 911 and report it. And Nolan is right. None of my vehicles have Park.

  13. El Bombardero Says:

    Whatever happened to a goddamn map?

  14. Stretch Says:

    Compass, Rand-McNally and a wife knows how to read both.
    I’ve also disconnected big broth … OnStar from my wife’s GM vehicle. Just in case.

  15. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    Yeah, it was a teenager in, I think, Norway that hacked the DVD encryption, something like the day it came out, and had DeCSS on the net shortly after. I’ve used it under linux to read my own DVDs that you’re not allowed to watch unless you’ve bought into an OS that’s bought a license. Rent seeking bastards.

  16. Beaumont Says:

    A friend of mine is 43 & couldn’t read a map if his life depended on it. Without GPS, I doubt he’d be able to find his way to the Walgreens a quarter mile from his house. A sad commentary on society.

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