Overheard on CNN.com: Can’t people just drive?
Ford's new technology syncs with phones, reading texts out loud.
October 18th, 2011
04:55 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Can’t people just drive?

Comment of the day:

“What the world really needs is a device that shuts down cell phones while the car is moving.” - Bud128

Cars read texts for drivers

Ford has been installing a feature in its new vehicles - and many of its older ones - that can read text messages out loud. The feature, intended to reduce texting while driving, is already installed on all model 2012 Ford vehicles.

Of the new technology, CNN.com readers saw the pros and cons—and some simply praised Ford for their innovation.

IanA1 said, “Ford seems to be getting better every year lately...keep up the good work, and good to see an American-owned company being truly competitive.”

Ethnya said, “Ford continues to innovate to meet consumer demands. Good to see that some companies still do this.”

SpaceMuslim said, “That's going to be hilarious when a ‘sext’ comes in and you are not alone in the car.” Bassdude responded, “Especially if your wife is sitting in the passenger seat.”

JackLumber said, “I could live without the car reading my text messages. If they could make a soundproof cubical in the back seat for my mother-in-law I might consider trading my Chevy in for one.”

dantx10 said, “Will the car remind the kids to ‘Ear muff!’ before it reads what is on the text messages?”

twotired said, “All I want is transportation, not a whiz-bang toy on wheels!” NL5 responded, “Ride the bus then.”

nichtgeek said, “Automation in this case will not help very much. People will still need to reply to text messages so the distraction element remains.” Whattheheck2 responded, “Actually I tried it in my 2010 Escape yesterday and I can respond to a text by voice. It converted voice-to-text via the in-car microphone all while my phone was sitting in my pocket.”

smartdem said, “Still dangerous.” The problem with texting or talking on the phone while driving isn't having your hands on the phone, it's that your attention is directed to the conversation instead of the road.”

Guest said, “My son knows NOTHING about how his car operates [and chooses not to learn] but sees his vehicle as a rolling entertainment system – and this view is not untypical of his age group.”

SC2Pilot said, “My 2012 Fusion has this and it's pretty neat, but no less distracting than texting. In general, trying to use the SYNC system is very distracting, at least for me.”

TJ14 said, “Obviously they have done their market research: Most people are morons. Anyone who is driving a car needs to be driving the car and nothing else. If this feature is attractive to you, you need to hire a chauffeur and forget about driving altogether.”

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Kelsey’s gift

In the first season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” viewers got an inside glimpse of Kelsey and Camille Grammer’s marriage ending. Now happily remarried, Kelsey Grammar sat down with Piers Morgan to discuss his new-found love—and politics—among other things.

Conversation highlights include: “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” was a "parting gift" to Camille and "I'm afraid I was destined to be a Republican."

For CNN.com readers, it seems Kelsey’s interview struck a bad cord.

Hunter4Obama said, “The guy is a self-absorbed boob. He marries for looks and then acts surprised when his wives turnout to be gold diggers. This is the guy we should talk to about what is best for the country? I am surprised he is not one of the Republican candidates.”

JCocktosen said, “Why do we care what actors think? They are people who put on makeup for a living and pretend to be other people. Actually...that is pretty much the definition of a politician...”

yeasayer said, “Why is Morgan asking a television actor so many questions about his political opinions? That's not why he is famous, and is outside his realm.”

elcidmarine responded, “Actually, it has become what he's known for. And it's really not uncommon for celebrities late in their careers to take an active role in politics. Some of the more famous ones: Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Sinatra and John Wayne.

myopin said, “The problem is that once you prove yourself to be a disrespectful person, no one wants to hear your views about anything. And Kelsey no matter what your wife did, you disrespected her in public, you gloat about your first date and your wife didn’t even know you were divorcing her. Sorry. When you just disregard your responsibilities to your own family that proves your character.”

richeyrich said, “Uh Kelsey, you are on wife number FOUR. Could it be that YOU are the problem in a marriage.”

cyclelogger said, “Like him. Love the character he brings to the character.”

laurapalmer4 said, “Their first date was on Christmas? If you had young kids (which he does), wouldn't you rather spend the holiday with them, rather than your latest punchboard? What a self centered jerk. But he is funny.”

PennyLady said, “Maybe he enjoys marriage but not in a 'forever' kind of way. Who are we to judge that?”

hynzerelli said, “She wanted ‘Frasier’ he gave her ‘Sideshow Bob.’ "

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    HOW ABOUT THEY MAKE A CELL PHONE WITH WHEELS LOL.

    October 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    In the future we will be driving cell phones with wires in our ears and completely oblivious to everything!

    October 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    I REMEMER WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID , THEY SAID BY THE YEAR 2000 WE WOULD BE DRIVING FLYING CARS. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT, THEY CANT COME UP WITH ALTERNATIVE FUEL THATS AFFORDABLE

    October 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    REMEMBER?

    October 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    Ceasar, HOW ABOUT A LOWRIDIN CELLPHONE WITH WHEELS?

    October 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mad Ole Lady

    Hard to talk on phone and drive the hover round.

    October 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    A GPS-For those that don't know zip about maps, or where there going. Onstar-For the lonley, and the ones that are too cheap to spend $1.49 for a spare key. CD & DVD players-Cause some have to be rolling discos and movie theaters. Cell Phones(Pay phone strap ons)-Driven by disorder and lonliness, and can't keep thier mouth shut, these little gems give people a false sense of accomplishment and a false sesnse of possession. If you can't be seen with your hand near your ear at all times, people mark you as abnormal.

    October 18, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @Jefe:
    I get that, anyway.

    October 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. funky bunch

    I love my Ford Fusion, my daughters think this SYNC option is just too cool.

    October 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    Jeff Frank you hit that right on the head. People dont just drive anymore ,they multi task in their car. That makes the Dangerous.

    October 18, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    them

    October 18, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    S kel! How are you?

    @drak: I guess your friend multi-tasks too?

    October 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fernace

    Ceasar, how the heck are ya, I've missed the chorizo champ & you & DRAKOREX are so right! People want a cell phone on wheels! Jeff Frank you're also correct, sir, why don't we all just move a kitchen, bathroom, & sleeping quarters into our cars & call it a day!? OK, we would call it an RV, but you get me! Better yet, we should just install cell technology into the ear canal, right after birth! It's coming, mark my words because we are a phoneoholic dependency society! I have fond memories of curlicue phonecords, phones that didn't need electricity & phonebooths! Ahh, those were the good ole days!!

    October 19, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    IF I DIDNT HAVE SO MANY TOOLS TV'S CLOTHS SHOES JUNK ETC. MY LIFE COULD BE SIMPLE IN A RV. TRAVEL ADVENTURE LESS RESPOSABILTY, I THINK I JUST TALKED MY SELF INTO IT, SEE YA ON THE ROAD.

    October 19, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. fernace

    See ya on the road, DRAKOREX, I'll wave to you from the bus! Yep, I ride Metro, no gas, no upkeep, no worries about talking on my cell(lol!) & less carbon footprints! Mass transit, it's the wave of the future.... in other countries! Americans love their cars & cell phones & wont part with either, as this article clearly shows!!

    October 19, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
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