Brilliant idea of the day: Facebooking from behind the wheel, approved by GM

Posted by Liam Britten

If Facebook is generally regarded as a distraction for most people, why in God’s name would General Motors allow drivers to use the website from their wheel?

Believe it or not, it’s coming. GM vehicles with OnStar will soon be reading text messages and Facebook posts to drivers, and with voice recognition technology, drivers can literally dictate to the car what they want to post to their own feed.

From the Globe and Mail:

OnStar President Chris Preuss said the voice system is still being tested for safety, but OnStar has data showing there is no correlation between pushing a single button and vehicle crashes. He said people will continue to send text messages in cars and even update Facebook statuses from their phones, so the company decided to let them do it safely with little distraction.

“I don't think we're at all engaging in activities that are going to make it worse,” he said. “We're absolutely engaging in activities that will make things better.”

Does this not seem like the dumbest idea ever? Shouldn’t drivers be focused on the road, not thinking up what to inform their friends about on their newsfeed? Worse yet, if everyone starts doing this, we’re going to be getting Facebook posts all over our feeds like, “So-and-so is driving a car! LOL!” and “So-and-so is still driving a car! LOL!!!!!1” and “So-and-so OMG just crashed my car!!”

The only good thing about this technology is that we’ll get photos posted instantly from the idiots who use it about their latest traffic accident.

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more



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