Blackberry emails can be accessed by iDrive – Just another distraction

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 Blackberry emails can be accessed by iDrive   Just another distraction

According to the folks over at Phonescoop, BMW and Research In Motion, makers of Blackberry devices, have put together a new bluetooth technology that allows …

According to the folks over at Phonescoop, BMW and Research In Motion, makers of Blackberry devices, have put together a new bluetooth technology that allows your Blackberry emails to be accessible via the iDrive system.

While BMW emphasizes that this is a safe feature due to the text-to-speech technology used, we just find this to be just another unnecessary distraction while driving.

Sure, it has a cool factor and clearly we are moving into a direction of mobility within your vehicles, but with texting and driving already keeping the headlines of major accidents reports, the iDrive/emails combination might be a bit too advanced for now. Even when voice-driven text is being used.

In BMW’s defense, they have done a great job at restricting the application to basic functionality. The email will never be fully displayed on the screen and it will only be available via the text-to-speech feature we mentioned earlier. Also, since safety is a priority for BMW, the ability to reply to email within the iDrive system has been eliminated as well.

 Blackberry emails can be accessed by iDrive   Just another distraction

Cool?  Not cool? We’ll let you decide.

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32 Responses to “Blackberry emails can be accessed by iDrive – Just another distraction”

  1. 9w2zek says:

    Cool Gadgets!

  2. bmw_fan says:

    Many people complain about “driver distraction” but BMW has done a really great job of providing maximum user functionaility while also keeping safety at the highest Level.

    Just See the positive effects of people no longer using their mobile while driving but simply listening to the incoming messages.

    That is no driver distraction, but safety enhancement!

    • Horatiu Boe says:

      I still think it’s a driver distraction….people will be inclined to continue looking at their iDrive…

      I mean…what’s next..Facebook in your car? :)

      • Mary B. says:

        Horatiu, I really appreciate your honesty and your committment to safety. Would to God there were more people like you in the world today. God bless you for your ethics! (Very rare these days.)
        Most people are so self-centred. It’s all about them — their job, their tasks, their life. They dash (drive) about, always in a hurry, without the wit to consider they are putting others in peril with their self-serving life style.

      • barry says:

        looking at the idrive is a lot safer than picking up the phone and looking at emails there!

  3. Cinidy Civix says:

    This is the best site in world for information.

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