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Some system operations are locked out when the car is moving faster than 3 mph. This may seem like a valid safety precaution but it also prevents the front seat passenger from using those functions which is a definite disadvantage. Voice commands do not work smoothly or reliably enough to eliminate use of the touch screen and even when using voice commands there are times when the system literally asks you to read the screen regardless of speed - such as selecting a navigation destination from a pick list. Other manufacturers display a warning about distractions while driving and then allow you to do whatever you want which seems to satisfy the lawyers and that's really all this is about. This is one facet of My Sync that should be revised.
 

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The system does not discriminate, if the passenger could use it, then so can the driver. Everyday way too many can't even handle talking and driving correctly. :(

Owner's Manual page 420-429 "My Lincoln Touch" Navigation. Check those pages to learn if your using the voice commands correctly, may help some.

U.S. DOT Releases Guidelines to Minimize In-Vehicle Distractions | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)


U.S. DOT Releases Guidelines to Minimize In-Vehicle Distractions

DOT 37-13
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Contact: Karen Aldana, 202-366-9550

Voluntary guidelines reduce visual-manual distraction - the greatest safety risk to drivers in NHTSA's new study

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today released distraction guidelines that encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk connected to electronic devices built into their vehicles, such as communications, entertainment and navigation devices.

"Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic that has devastating consequences on our nation's roadways," said Secretary LaHood. "These guidelines recognize that today's drivers appreciate technology, while providing automakers with a way to balance the innovation consumers want with the safety we all need. Combined with good laws, good enforcement and good education, these guidelines can save lives."

Issued by the Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the voluntary guidelines establish specific recommended criteria for electronic devices installed in vehicles at the time they are manufactured that require drivers to take their hands off the wheel or eyes of the road to use them.

The guidelines include recommendations to limit the time a driver must take his eyes off the road to perform any task to two seconds at a time and twelve seconds total. The guidelines also recommend disabling several operations unless the vehicle is stopped and in park, such as:

Manual text entry for the purposes of text messaging and internet browsing;
Video-based entertainment and communications like video phoning or video conferencing;
Display of certain types of text, including text messages, web pages, social media content.


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