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Four New States Join Distracted Driving Movement

June 7th, 2010 admin No comments

Distracted driving legislation found favor with the governors of Georgia, Connecticut, Vermont and Kansas in recent days.

In Georgia, it was drama on deadline for the text messaging and cell phone bills approved by the Legislature. The governor threatened vetoes, citing enforcement issues. “None of this business is black and white,” Gov. Sonny Perdue said.

Safety advocates, lawmakers and students lobbied furiously in the final days of the legislative session for Perdue to sign the bills, which he did with no time to spare.

Georgia’s new distracted driving laws take effect July 1. Text messaging will be banned for all drivers. Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using cell phones, regardless of whether a hands-free device is attached. Young drivers also are banned from using laptop computers and portable games. Violations will cost motorists $150.

No such problems in Connecticut, where Gov. Jodie Rell approved her own plan to toughen existing distracted driving laws. This ends the previous law’s policy of forgiveness for some first-time offenders.

Connecticut had already outlawed text messaging while driving, handheld cell phone use by adults and all cell phone use by teenage drivers. Fines for violations now increase to $100 (first offense), then $150 and $200 instead of the current $100. Also, the law’s wording specifically bans texting while driving, reportedly not clear before.

In Vermont, Gov. James Douglas signed into law a ban on text messaging and on cell phone use for drivers under 18. Fines start out at $100 for first offenders and then escalate to $250. The laws are effective immediately.

In Kansas, a ban on text messaging while driving has been signed into law by Gov. Mark Parkinson. The ban goes into effect Jan. 1.

On the local front, Clemson, S.C.; Missouri City, Texas; and Belpre, Ohio, are the latest cities to ban texting.

-via www.handsfreeinfo.com

Parrot Supports Oprah’s ‘No Phone Zone’ Pledge to Combat Distracted Driving

May 3rd, 2010 admin No comments

Hands-free laws, movement draws attention to perils of texting while driving

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 30 /PRNewswire/ — Parrot, the market leader for wireless mobile phone devices, has voiced the company’s support of Oprah Winfrey’s “No Phone Zone” campaign to drive awareness of the dangers of texting while driving and applauds Michigan’s legislature for today signing a bill banning texting while driving.

April 30 is “No Phone Zone Day” and individuals can pledge not to text or use a handheld phone while driving.  To commemorate, Parrot’s U.S. employees have taken the “No Phone Zone” pledge to practice responsible driving.

“Parrot believes the best way to drive is free from all unnecessary distractions and encourages drivers to pull over before responding to a text or making a phone call,” said Kelly Zachos begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, director of marketing North America for Parrot. “If you must make a call while driving, use a hands-free device and keep both hands on the wheel.”

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.  Regardless of the repeated warnings, drivers continue to use cell phones while driving and this trend is not changing.  In fact, a study by Nationwide Mutual Insurance determined that 81 percent of cell phone owners acknowledged that they talk on phones while driving.

Parrot provides the most comprehensive suite of hands free options, from installed car stereos with a hidden iPod compartment to cordless hands-free kits that slide onto a visor.

For less than the cost of most tickets for hands-free violations, the Parrot Minikit Slim is a portable Bluetooth hands-free kit that can be used in the car, in the office and at home. Its highly intuitive interface automatically connects to a Bluetooth phone when nearby.

Other options from Parrot include the installed MKi9200, which provide hands-free calling, automatic phone book download and voice activation, as well as streaming audio from an iPod or MP3 device; and the Parrot RKi8400, a full stereo system with hidden iPhone or iPod storage and connection.

To find out more about the Parrot’s hands-free Bluetooth technology, visit www.parrot.com.

About PARROT

Parrot, a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, stands on the cutting edge of innovation. The company was founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux as part of his determination to drive the inevitable breakthrough of mobile phones into everyday life by creating high-quality, user-friendly wireless devices for easy living. Parrot has developed the most extensive range of hands-free systems on the market for cars, motorbikes and scooters, including wireless multimedia products geared towards audiovisual applications. In 2008, Parrot launched a new prestige line of high-end products bearing the hallmark of renowned artists. Parrot, headquartered in Paris, currently employs 450 people worldwide and generates 85% of its sales overseas.

Parrot is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris since 2006.

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Alberta Unveils Distracted Driving Law

April 20th, 2010 admin No comments

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Alberta would no longer be “Canada’s traffic-safety donkey” under long-delayed legislation that would tackle distracted driving.

The province’s Tory government called the plan “some of the most comprehensive distracted driving legislation in Canada.”

Bill 16, introduced April 14, would outlaw drivers’ use of handheld cell phones (hands-free OK), as well as PDAs and other handheld electronic communications devices. Texting would be included in forbidden activities.

Alberta’s distracted driving legislation includes a ban on “personal grooming” while driving. While frequently cited (by dubious lawmakers) during distracted driving debates in North America, this is one of the few measures to seriously propose such a ban.

“Drivers can be distracted behind the wheel for many reasons other than talking on their phone,” said MLA Art Johnston, who introduced the bill. “This legislation goes beyond a simple hand-held cellphone ban.”

Also prohibited for drivers would be non-commercial use of CB radios, writing, drawing, sketching and non-transportation-related video screen watching.

(Update) A day later, the government raised the possibility that enforcement might be secondary if the law is approved — meaning police need another reason to pull over drivers before issuing a citation.

Alberta had been criticized by safety groups and some legislators for dragging its feet on distracted driving legislation while other provinces took action.

The Calgary Sun editorialized in January: “The Stelmach government keeps dangling the carrot (of distracted driving laws), and then yanking it away. … Alberta … is set to become Canada’s traffic-safety donkey once again.” The paper cited fear of drops in popularity polls as one reason for the delays.

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach cited a “busy agenda” as the reason no distracted driving legislation was proposed for 2009.

Strathcona County (east of capital Edmonton) has the province’s only law against driving while cell phoning and text messaging.

MLA Johnston, Calgary-Hays, is a former policeman who has been pushing for distracted driving for years. “I appreciate the great input of law enforcement and traffic safety stakeholders that has led to the introduction of this legislation,” he said. “This is a complex issue and I believe we have found a good balance between enforcement and safety.”

Via Handsfreeinfo.com: http://handsfreeinfo.com/alberta-distracted-driving-law

Parrot Announces Its Support of Distracted Drivers Summit

September 29th, 2009 admin No comments

Developer of hands-free devices for mobile phones sees dangers in hands-on texting and e-mailing

Parrot, a global developer of hands-free devices for mobile phones, today announced its support for U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s Distracted Drivers Summit, scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The Summit is intended to address the dangers of mobile phone text-messaging, e-mailing and other distractions behind the wheel.

Parrot noted that a 2008 study by Nationwide Insurance found 81 percent of cell phone owners acknowledged talking on phones while driving and that this trend is showing no signs of changing. Moreover, the study discovered that 20 percent of drivers in the United States send text messages while operating a car or truck.

“Under no circumstances should drivers be texting, sending e-mails, instant messaging or otherwise taking their hands off the wheel when on the road,” Parrot’s North American Director of Marketing & Communications, Kelly Zachos, asserted. “Parrot recommends that drivers either pull off the road when possible or use a hands-free, voice-activated system for mobile phone dialing and conversations. Research shows that it’s our eyeballs that need to be alert, and diverting visual attention from the road can lead to split-second disaster.”

Parrot, based in Paris, declared that the company is supportive of increasing awareness of the dangers that mobile phones can present to motorists when they use their hands to operate devices while in motion and is working to help improve safety for all drivers.

Parrot is among the global leaders in developing hands-free wireless devices for mobile phones that enable drivers to place and answer calls through a voice-activated system.

“We recognized both the importance and the potential hazards of hand-held mobile phones early on,” said Zachos, “and have been working for 15 years to develop affordable, simple-to-use kits that make hands-free communication easy for drivers of cars, trucks, motorcycles and scooters.”

During the Distracted Drivers Summit, senior transportation officials, elected officials, safety advocates, law enforcement representatives and academics will meet in Washington, D.C. to develop recommendations on ways to prevents distracted driving.

About PARROT

Parrot, a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, stands on the cutting edge of innovation. The company was founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux as part of his determination to drive the inevitable breakthrough of mobile phones into everyday life by creating high-quality, user-friendly wireless devices for easy living. Parrot has developed the most extensive range of hands-free systems on the market for cars, motorbikes and scooters, including wireless multimedia products geared towards audiovisual applications. In 2008, Parrot launched a new prestige line of high-end products bearing the hallmark of renowned artists. Parrot, headquartered in Paris, currently employs 450 people worldwide and generates 85% of its sales overseas.

Parrot is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris since 2006.

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Parrot Zikmu by Philippe Starck and Parrot Minikit Chic Earn PTPA Media Inc. Seal of Approval

September 28th, 2009 admin No comments

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Parrot’s family-friendly products blend safety, quality and fashion with Bluetooth technology.

Parrot, a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, has been awarded the influential PTPA Media Inc’s Seal of Approval for excellence in parenting products for the Parrot Minikit Chic, a portable Bluetooth hands-free kit, and the Zikmu Parrot wireless Bluetooth speakers designed by Philippe Starck.

PTPA Media Inc. (Parent Tested Parent Approved) has announced the winners of the 2009 Fall Product Call for the best in Family products. The Seal of Approval has been awarded to a variety of companies in many categories ranging from electronics, innovative children’s products, games, toys etc.

The influential Seal of Approval from PTPA Media Inc. marks a distinction of achievement and excellence for products geared to families, children and parents.

“Parrot products have always been designed with safety and quality in mind, and this recognition reinforces our progress,” said Kelly Zachos, director of marketing North America for Parrot. “Parents demand design coupled with functionality and Parrot offers the best of both.”

The Parrot Minikit Chic is a portable Bluetooth hands-free kit that can be used in the car, in the office and at home. Its highly intuitive interface automatically connects to a Bluetooth phone when nearby. Fixed to the sun visor or resting on a table, it adapts to every environment and can easily be transported. It has a stylized design for those who want to combine fashion with convenience.

Designed to blend elegant minimalism with the latest and popular technologies, the Zikmu Parrot by Philippe Starck wireless speakers are timeless works of art with their aerial curves and dense black color. The speakers feature a dedicated iPod® / iPhone™ docking station and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® technologies. The two speakers communicate wirelessly with each other allowing them to be positioned anywhere in the room.

Parrot’s products were among many entries competing to win the PTPA Media Seal of Approval for the Fall 2009 campaign. PTPA Media’s mission is to discover and appraise products designed for families. Companies throughout North America submitted their products for review and they were matched with PTPA Media’s large database of parent testers. The products were tested by savvy parenting reviewers, and professionals and the results were compiled for PTPA Media Inc.’s review committee for the final decision. The winners of the prestigious Seal of Approval from PTPA Media are selected based on value, functionality, quality and appeal of the product.

“We are thrilled to announce this latest group of Fall 2009 PTPA Award winners,” says Sharon Vinderine, founder of PTPA Media. “We have had overwhelming feedback from the parenting community that the type of testing conducted by PTPA Media is exactly what they have been waiting for. We feel that parents are the best evaluators of these types of products as they are testing the products in their real life home environments. We at PTPA Media give consumers the tools they need to purchase products for their family wisely. Consumers are tired of bringing home products that look great in the package but serve no purpose once purchased” says Vinderine. “Our hope is that seeing the PTPA Media Seal on product packaging will help empower parents to make the best possible purchase, thereby saving their hard earned income for purchases that will offer value.”

About PTPA Media Inc.
PTPA Media (Parent Tested, Parent Approved) provides an objective means to discover and appraise new products designed to enrich family living. The company’s mission is to assist and educate discerning consumers by providing reliable and relevant information about exciting and quality products on the market. Products range from clothing, toys and household accessories to parent-centric creations. The Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal is presented to companies whose products are deemed exceptional by a knowledgeable and unbiased panel of experts, including parents themselves. For more information visit www.ptpamedia.com.

About PARROT
Parrot, a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones, stands on the cutting edge of innovation. The company was founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux as part of his determination to drive the inevitable breakthrough of mobile phones into everyday life by creating high-quality, user-friendly wireless devices for easy living. Parrot has developed the most extensive range of hands-free systems on the market for cars, motorbikes and scooters, including wireless multimedia products geared towards audiovisual applications. In 2008, Parrot launched a new prestige line of high-end products bearing the hallmark of renowned artists. Parrot, headquartered in Paris, currently employs 450 people worldwide and generates 85% of its sales overseas.

Parrot is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris since 2006.
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Parrot RKi8400: A Fully Integrated Car Stereo Dedicated to iPhone™ With Bluetooth® Hands-Free System

September 28th, 2009 admin No comments
Parrot RKi8400 iPhone Car Stereo

Parrot RKi8400 iPhone Car Stereo

Parrot, leaders in wireless peripherals for mobile phones, will launch the Parrot RKi8400, a car stereo system for both the iPhone™ and the iPod, at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The new device continues Parrot’s groundbreaking development of hands-free Bluetooth® communication systems.

Parrot RKi8400 is an FM/AM RDS car stereo that features multiple connections for digital music, including USB port for portable hard drive or USB key, SD Card reader and a double line-in socket for analogue sources. It also offers advanced hands-free telephony functions. One of its unique features is the practical storage compartment located behind the removable front panel, ideal for protecting and recharging an iPhone™ or iPod®.

Equipped with a 200W MOS-FET amplifier, the Parrot RKi8400 is a fully-integrated car audio system. Music and conversations are played through the vehicle’s speakers for optimal listening and music experiences.

“Made for iPod”, “Works with iPhone”

Parrot RKi8400 features a connection dedicated to iPhone™ and iPod®, achieving the double official Apple license ‘Made for iPod’ and ‘Works with iPhone’.

The user interface menu software is particularly convenient for using iPhone™ and iPod® in car. A large dial and full-color screen to view album covers stored in the iPhone™ enable easy navigation of playlists. When the cell phone rings, the system automatically switches to hands-free mode.

Parrot RKi8400 Bluetooth wireless technology also enables users to play music sent from the iPhone 3.0 and from other Bluetooth mobile phones or players, via Bluetooth Stereo A2DP.

Additionally the Parrot RKi8400 features a USB port for portable hard drive or USB key, SD card reader and a double line-in socket for analogue sources.

Parrot expertise in hands-free systems

The Parrot RKi8400 benefits from Parrot’s expertise in hands-free systems and advances integrating Bluetooth technology. It features speech synthesis automatic synchronization with the phonebook and makes the user experience even easier, thanks to training-free voice recognition.

The Parrot RKi8400 is equipped with a double microphone, which eliminates background noise both inside the vehicle and outside. Finally, as with all Parrot systems, the Parrot RKi8400 is compatible with all Bluetooth mobile phone brands available on the market.

“With the RKi8400, Parrot allows users to take advantage of the iPhone in car through a system that is easy to use and fully integrated in any vehicle,” said Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “All iPhone functions — music, navigation of the music directory and playlists and Bluetooth phone capabilities — have been adapted for in-car use. Parrot’s application of its renowned acoustic quality and voice recognition capabilities to the iPhone is sure to please even the most discerning listeners.”

Ergonomically Designed

The inclusion of a removable front panel in the Parrot RKi8400 resulted from an in-depth ergonomic study of the preferences of car stereo users. The device is equipped with magnets for simple insertion and removal of the front panel with one hand. This technology is patented by Parrot.

All information, phonebook, music library, album covers, etc. are displayed on a bright 2.4-inch TFT color screen.

Update

Like all Parrot solutions, Parrot RKi8400 will benefit from regular software updates, available for free at www.parrot.com/uk/support/downloads and downloadable on USB keys for an easy update.

NB. << Parrot Software Update Tool >> is automatic software developed by Parrot and available on the download page of the Parrot Web site to guide users during the update process of their Parrot product.

Price and availability

Parrot RKi8400 is available for $399.99 USD.

Simply Being Mommy blog tries the Parrot Minikit Chic

September 14th, 2009 admin No comments

Another hands-free fan has discovered the Parrot Minikit Chic. The Simply Being Mommy blog reviewed the device and found it much easier than an earpiece:

It keeps your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road and you can still take those important phone calls without putting your family in danger.

North America hands-free legislation: cell phone driving laws

August 11th, 2008 admin No comments

parrot-usa-legislationCurrent state cell phone driving law highlights include the following:

Handheld Cell Phone Bans: 5 states (California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Washington), the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have enacted cell phone laws prohibiting driving while talking on handheld cell phones.  With the exception of Washington State, these laws are all primary enforcement—an officer may ticket a driver for using a handheld cell phone while driving without any other traffic offense taking place.

Text Messaging: Text messaging is banned for all drivers in 7 states (Alaska, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Washington) and the District of Columbia.  In addition, novice drivers are banned from texting in 9 states (Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia) and school bus drivers are banned from text messaging in 4 states (Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia).

Novice Drivers: 18 states and the District of Columbia restrict all cell phone use by novice drivers.

School Bus Drivers: In 17 states and the District of Columbia, school bus drivers are prohibited from all cell phone use when passengers are present, except for in emergencies.

Preemption Laws: The law in 6 states (Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania) specifically authorizes a locality to ban cellphone use. Localities in other states may not need specific statutory authority to ban cellphones. Localities that have enacted restrictions on cellphone use include: Chicago, IL; Brookline, MA; Detroit, MI; Santa Fe, NM; Brooklyn, North Olmstead and Walton Hills, OH; Conshohocken, Lebanon and West Conshohocken, PA; and Waupaca County, WI.

Localities are prohibited from banning cellphone use in 8 states (Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Utah).

Some states, such as Utah and New Hampshire, treat cell phone use as a larger distracted driving issue.

Utah considers speaking on a cellphone to be an offense only if a driver is also committing some other moving violation (other than speeding).2

No state completely bans all types of cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for all drivers.

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1 – Dealt with as a distracted driving issue; New Hampshire enacted a comprehensive distracted driving law.

2 – Utah’s law defines careless driving as committing a moving violation (other than speeding) while distracted by use of a hand-held cellphone or other activities not related to driving.

3 -  An officer in California can stop a person, regardless of age, holding a cellphone and talking or texting on it, but they may not use checkpoints to enforce the all cell ban for drivers younger than 18.

4 – During the 2008 legislative session, Louisiana passed 3 different cellphone laws addressing teen drivers. The governor signed all three. As of September 12, 2008, it is unclear whether both hand-held and hands-free phone use is prohibited, or whether only hand-held phone use is banned. All 3 laws prohibit text messaging. A 4th cell phone law prohibits cellphone use by school bus drivers.

5 – Effective 01/01/09

All of the information on this page has been compiled using these sources: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA.org sources obtained from: Sources: American Automobile Association (AAA), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and State Highway Safety Offices. Most recently reviewed February, 2008.) , National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  This summary is for general information only and is not intended as a substitute for checking with the state you are driving in to ensure accurate updates and full compliance with the law. For more information through links to websites containing or describing state legislation on cell phone restrictions while driving, click on “online resources.”