Driving doesn’t mix well with texting, calling nor emailing. While at the wheel, it’s absolutely essential that you keep your concentration where it matters — on the road. This is why the use of mobile phones while driving is banned in most jurisdictions, although some will allow calls while using a handsfree system.
Still, smartphones are useful tools while traveling and while on the road. Systems that help a user interact with one’s mobile device while in a vehicle will surely be helpful when you need access to a map, for calling emergency services, or for finding out about traffic and weather conditions.
A company called VAIS Technology wants Android users to be able to access their phone functions without the need to fumble with a small touchscreen device. The iVIC — short for in-Vehicle Infotainment Center — app for Android interface with the car’s entertainment system, and lets users access apps, media and communication services from the car’s compatible navigation system.
Smartphones supported initially include the Motorola DROID Bionic, DROID RAZR/MAXX, Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S III and HTC EVO 4G LTE. Display mirroring is done via HDMI interface.
Of course, there’s still the argument that any distraction while driving — even talking handsfree — is dangerous. Perhaps the iVIC is best used as a navigation system or accesing apps, maps and traffic information while not on the move.
The iVIC kit costs $649 and supports Toyota and Lexus models from 2006 up. Check out the demo video below.