Imagine getting into your funeral car or hearse and typing in the address of a cemetery you’ve never been to before on your in-dash GPS unit. Your touchscreen interface pops a map and directions for getting to the cemetery from your funeral home. It’s a common occurrence these days but it has spawned an interesting debate.
Does that constitute a driving hazard?
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, it could very well be distracting to drivers.
New discussions at the DOT may lead to legislation that requires auto makers to block such technology inside vehicles. But you know as well as we do that in-dash technology isn’t the problem. Many drivers use their cell phones for talking and texting while driving. That is much more harmful than GPS navigation.
Naturally, the automobile industry is challenging the DOTs train of thought. As well it should.
Some in-dash technology can benefit funeral car drivers while conducting their normal business. GPS is one such technology. But what about Internet browsing? What if you have a client ask a question and you want to ensure that the information you provide is accurate? A quick Internet search would solve the problem, right?
Of course, we would caution readers against conducting the search while driving, but who wouldn’t? Let’s not blame the technology for the irresponsibility of certain drivers – let’s find a way to give people access to technology that makes travel safer while teaching its responsible use.