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Front-Seat TV Unwelcome in US Auto Market

Posted May 02, 2013 9:50 AM

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Front-seat television technology is beginning to creep into the worldwide automotive market, but regulators, automakers, and suppliers say it's unlikely to take hold in the US.

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05/02/2013 10:05 AM

My exBrother-in Law, had a raised vegetables and a road-side stand.

He was also saying how late at night he, my sister and their two boys had to work.

I went there one time to help out, and they had the tv on as they (Supposable) worked.

I asked how long to get this done, he said with what he has, it usually takes till 2:00 AM, but with me helping, we may get done at midnight.

They had the tv on in the work area and they were like in a trance watching the TV, while me and my sister worked.

I could see how it took them past midnight to work and was upset to say the least, I shut the TV off, and after some compliants, I told them we'll be out by 9:00 pm. if you keep complaining, 8:00 pm if you stop complaining and work.

We got out at 8:20 pm. You either work, or watch TV I told them, not both.

It applies to driving here also.

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05/02/2013 10:38 AM

<...unwelcome...>

In the UK, it's prohibited.

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05/02/2013 11:03 AM

I have a CD/DVD/GPS player in my van, It's pretty cool for the wow, look at this, factor....I use it for music videos once in a while, but just listen to the music mostly, in truth you can't watch and drive at the same time....well in traffic jams you can, but the guy behind you tends to get pissed off if he has to honk,,,,,unless he gets into watching the video, in that case it can go either way....

I have a rearview camera and sensors for the bumper that I purchased a couple of years ago, waiting to be installed, when I get around to it....No hurry, it's been sitting for a couple months and I need to pull the battery and charge it up, so I can install the solar trickle charger I bought a couple of months ago, to keep the battery from getting low.....so I can use the portable air pump to keep the tires properly inflated...so I can take it down and get the passenger door painted.....and finally install the inverter I bought about 3 years ago....

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05/02/2013 12:22 PM

cellphones = BAD!

TV = BADDER!

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05/02/2013 1:50 PM

"Front-Seat TV Unwelcome in US Auto Market"

Duh!

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05/02/2013 5:30 PM

Quite frankly, I'm surprised it hasn't been mandated.

Obviously the television manufacturers need to either start a lobby, or beef up their existing one. If each unit came with a free rooftop solar panel, they would be standard equipment.

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05/02/2013 5:56 PM

I agree the driver should not be able to watch tv as it would be a big problem with distracted driving.

What about a splitview display that uses a lenticular lens so that the driver and passenger see two different things on the same screen. Something like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwW3wXasol0

I believe but am not positive the way the current US regulation is, you can't have any screen in the front that plays tv instead of saying the driver can't be able to view the tv.

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05/02/2013 10:57 PM

I have one of these in my RV. From Xite Solutions sold to the OEMs through Riverpark.

It's awesome. We don't watch DVD's while tooling down the road however. When you put the rig into reverse, the rear camera automatically comes up on the screen. When you flip on the turn signal, the appropriate side camera comes up. Your phone's bluetooth (or any other bluetooth) can be linked in for hands-free. The nav system audio dubs over the radio or other audio playing. The nav system can be programmed to route your trip according to parameters you enter like vehicle height, weight, propane which is especially useful in places in and around New York city, Connecticut, Storrow Drive in Bahston, etc.

So, it's already here. Let's hope the boneheads don't do stupid stuff and get all the nannies all fired up. <sigh, it'll happen eventually>

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05/03/2013 2:24 AM

Look I apply my make up and text while driving all the time - no problems - look 60 mph is only about 90 feet a second - I mean gee- I can check my make up in the mirror in just a couple of seconds which gives me plenty of time to text a comment about the "The View." Whats the big deal anyway? Like; if you can't put on your make up, text, watch "The View", and drive then maybe you should slow down to 55 or something. Ya know what I mean - Like "Duhhhh -"

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05/03/2013 8:20 AM

Definitely, "not your father's Oldsmobile".

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05/03/2013 8:30 AM

It's illegal in some if not all states in the US if it is visible by the driver. Mounting a GPS where it blocks the view of the road is technically prohibited as well. This would also include all that crap people hang from the review such as jewelry, beads, air-fresheners, and even handicap parking permits.

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