Technology for safer driving

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Technology is a significant part of everyday life, and it has become important in ensuring driver safety. These clever technologies are designed to help you stay safe on the road.

GPS gadgets

While you can use your GPS-enabled smartphone to guide you around, a more advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) offers a number of other useful features for safety and convenience. Most models include audible driving directions with text-to-speech, spoken street names, internet connectivity for research purposes and large screens for easy visibility.

Additional features of a great GPS include alerts if you go over the speed limit, real-time traffic updates, cameras for video calls and in-built dash cams. Harvey Norman has a large range of GPS gadgets, ranging in price from $84 to $499. 

Dashcams

Rapidly growing in popularity, dashcams are a valuable tool for any safe driver. A good dashcam can protect you in the case of an accident, since it provides evidence for insurance purposes. It can also report drunken or dangerous drivers.Some dashcams also come with a parking mode, offering extra protection for your parked vehicle when you’re not there. In a situation where your car is bumped, the dash cam will automatically switch on and begin recording.  Prices can range from as little as $8.95 to more than $400 for advanced models. Check them out at www.dashcamsaustralia.com.au

Samsung truck

Samsung has unveiled an innovative truck designed to help keep drivers safe on the road. The ‘transparent’ Safety Truck includes a screen inbuilt into its back doors to which live footage of the road is fed through by a front-facing camera. The result is that drivers following the over-sized vehicle can see what’s ahead, and the risk of accidents caused by sudden braking or crossing animals is reduced. Another feature of the truck is that the camera includes night-vision capabilities. Find out more at news.com.au.

Safe-driver apps

Safe-driver apps offer a number of features, including diverting all calls to text while you’re driving, parking timer reminders and feedback on your driving. One safe-driver app from insurance company AAMIuses GPS technology to record your journey and analyse your driving behaviour. After you have completed 10 drives and over 300 kilometres, the appgives you a driving score and offers feedback on your performance, based on length of trips, speed, acceleration, braking, fatigue and phone use. You can download the app for free whether or not you’re an AAMI customer.

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Written by ameliath

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    Thanks for today’s issue.

    I looked at the AAMI safe-driver app as it sounded like a potentially reasonable idea. However, when looking at the Privacy ‘surrender’ items expected to be given up when you download the app, it is abundantly clear they are only interested in gaining your private information for marketing purposes. Yea I know, dah! No interest in better driving outcomes are obvious.

    Why do they want my picture and videos?

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    My son has a GPS, that tells him when he is approaching a school zone with speed limit.
    Clever stuff.

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    Yeh, I have been using a GPS for maybe 4 or 5 years and it is almost as important as the Steering Wheel to me. The speed reading it gives me is usually 2 to 4 Kms slower than the car speedo, and when I check it against the trailer mounted speedos set up by the cops on the road side, the GPS is 100%. Being guided by my GPS compared to using a street map is child’s play. Also had a dash cam for a few years in the front and back and at $39 each anybody can have one. I am 75, and when I compare today with my first car (A 1939 Standard Ten) I feel like I am on a different planet.
    Not Pluto but.

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    If your wife wants to learn to drive, don’t stand in her way. Feminists, this is meant as a joke, so save your little finger tips.

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    Not clever, can’t people drive a car any more without gadgets telling them what to do, road signs indicate school zones, speed limits and other warning situations.
    A GPS is not an accurate instrument, I know because I have one, and a smart-phone GPS which conflict with each other on many occasions.
    Family and friends, have a GPS and, many people have stories of misdirections caused by incorrect GPS information, plus the police will NOT allow GPS readings as an excuse for inattentive driving.

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      Mak, I will spell it out for you.
      A GPS is not essential, but it does make life easier.
      Do you sleep on a bed or on the floor. I suspect a bed to make life easier.
      OK, I just noticed you are a Cave Man, now I understand your comment.

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      There is a road sign on the Beaudesert Beenleigh, telling you to ignore your GPS, & which roads to follow, if going to the Gold Coast. It’s been there for some years.

      This is an indication of how many people have been misdirected by their GPS, onto a nasty little narrow back road, some of which was still gravel about a year ago.

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      Hasbeen, most GPS’s have as option to keep you on sealed roads and/or warn you of unsealed roadways. Also, sometimes if you select the shortest route from A to B you may be directed via an unmade/unsealed/dirt road – an unwelcome shortcut for you – the shortest route not always being the quickest, nor cleanest. Most devices will get you spot-on measurement of speed, time, distance, etc, etc. Invaluble!

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    Read the reviews on this application and discover, as I did when using it, what a useless, faulty piece of equipment it is.

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    OK, modern technology can be baffling for a few people, poor buggers.
    But for the majority of us NORMAL people, modern Technology, is a fabulous asset.
    Mak, do you have a Television set?
    If yes, why did you waste your money on it when you can get all the same info from a $10 radio?
    My GPS has never failed me, and when I go from WA to SA, it tells me where the speed cameras are so I can slow down from a 110 KPH in a 50 zone.


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