How distracted are you? Is safety going out the windows?

According to John R. Quain, writing in the New York Times, “Automakers are fighting an undeclared, escalating war over in-dash apps, worrying regulators about even more distracted driving. Manufacturers say they are concerned too, but that hasn’t stopped them from connecting smartphones to in-dash systems and putting Internet-based information into so-called connected cars for 2013. While some Web-based apps offer features similar to those already available in traditional car stereo systems, like the streaming music service Pandora, newer offerings will let drivers order movie tickets, scroll through restaurant reviews and even check Facebook updates.”

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 In-Dash: The Lexus Enform system in the 2013 GS 350. Photo by Toyota.

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