Tweet while you drive

Dedicated Twitter fans may soon not have to worry about missing updates from the social networking site after a new hands-free technology was released by car company Ford.

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The new technology uses a system called AppLink which allows devices such as iPhones and Blackberries to respond to voice commands. It is controlled by Ford's SNYC system, which is a hands-free device that can read out Twitter updates and also text messages and change MP3s through voice control.

The device will enable drivers to listen to Twitter updates being read out but will not allow them to tweet back.

After research from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, in America. showed that inattentive driving - even when the driver is only distracted for a matter of seconds, accounts for 80 per cent of accidents, Ford decided to develop the hands-free technology.

Ford believe that their SYNC system will result in less traffic accidents since drivers will be able to concentrate better on the road.

Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas, said: "It's only through continuous improvement that Ford will maintain its lead in voice-activated vehicle controls.

"Making SYNC even more intuitive and easier to use will encourage more drivers to take advantage of its hands-free capabilities, helping them keep their focus on driving."

However, driving experts in the UK are concerned that this technology could actually create further distractions for drivers.

John Franklin, from the RAC, said: "RAC welcomes any innovation that improves safety by limiting the distractions in the car.

"However it's debatable whether this type of technology will help as it's likely to increase the distractions available to the driver.

"Tweeting while driving is an unnecessary distraction and shouldn't be seen as an essential activity when behind the wheel."

A spokesman for the AA added: "This technology has Jeckyll and Hyde qualities.

"It has positive aspects - it could entertain you on a long journey and provide valuable information about your route.

"But it could also be a distraction - the temptation is there to 'tweet' back if you hear one read out.

"It's fine if it's merely meant to be listened to - like a radio - but not if the driver has to start fiddling around with buttons.

"Hands-free technology can be dangerous if the driver is distracted for too long.

"It is the driver's responsibility to use the technology safely."

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