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fasten the seat belt, start the engine, long press the '0' key on your mobile phone and it activates your phone to 'driving mode'...what does it mean?....anyone calling you will get to hear a automated message ''the person you are trying to reach is currently driving, he/she is aware of your call and
they will get back to you shortly''...meanwhile the call recipient can see a 'missed call' from the caller when they check it...the phone will not even light up if a call/message is received...just to avoid diverting the attention from driving...
||In something like the iPhone, this might be bakable into an
automatic app. If the accelerometer detects that the
phone has accelerated past, let's say, 10mph, it
automatically switches to 'driving alert' mode. When it
slows down, it switches back. That saves the user having to
remember to switch it off when they get out of the car.
||Off-topic, but I was once pulled over while driving my
deuce-and-a-1/2 with ear plugs in (the bright orange
safety kind, the officer saw them while I was putting them
in at a stop light). After I re-started the engine and revved
it for him, he agreed that I wouldn't be able to hear
anything anyway and let me go w/o a warning (M35 trucks
don't have mufflers). So, yes, I've seen that law enforced,
but not effectively.
||There are some local laws against loud stereos/excessively
loud aftermarket exhausts. My town has one, with some
pretty serious fines (I get away with driving my truck
around town because A) it never had a muffler to begin
with and B) when you hear my truck coming it means
something's broken and I'm on my way to fix it, and up
here you don't screw around with the guy who knows how
to fix stuff). Then again, we're a tiny little town way up in
the mountains and we can pretty much pass any law we
want because nobody's looking.
||Not that I'm aware of. You have a point, as I believe I
conceded in your recent post. Or did I? I forget. Anyway,
internal environtment noise can be just as obstructive as
earbuds or phones, but having to install a decible meter
inside your vehicle is a little too Orwellian to be feasible.
||Sorry, I just realized that this anno really belongs in the
other post. But I'll leave it here because I'm a rebel and a