Distracted driving is an automotive safety buzzword that has come to the fore over the past 12 months as state governments and federal legislators puzzle over how to handle the issues surrounding cell phone and mobile device use out on the road. Several automakers have responded by introducing new systems or adding to existing telematics initiatives in order to help streamline vehicle controls and reduce distractions in the cockpit.
Other car companies have focused their telematics systems on providing emergency services and other forms of convenience without such a high level of technological integration. These systems, while not as fully featured as the industry leaders, still offer a suite of safety related services to drivers.
Let’s take a look at the highlights of the six major automotive telematics systems currently on the market.
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