Texting and Driving

Drivers are easily distracted with mobile devices. Would handwriting recognition on in-car systems really be any safer?


Am I the only one to be a bit worried about this? According to a recent press release, Paragon Software Group, a leading software developer for mobile devices and desktop computers, has announced the release of PenReader 9.0 – a handwriting recognition technology that allows users to write with a finger directly on handwriting-sensitive touchscreens.


What bothers me is that it’s designed to be incorporated directly into in-vehicle ‘infotainment’ systems, delivering navigation, entertainment, and networked computing services in cars, trucks and buses.

Apparently, the handwriting recognition technology enriches users’ Internet and multimedia consumer experiences for vehicles.

I’m not sure it enriches other road user’s safety though. Audi has equipped their A8 and A6 models with on-board computers that support handwriting functions since 2011, the company’s rationale being that some users find it easier to manually enter information rather than pressing buttons.


There are plenty of distractions in cars already, and we all know what a great success voice-recognition technology is. Can this really be a good idea?

Tony Carter

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