Texting and driving don’t mix — we all know this. Also, using apps like Waze to map out our path while on the road, or opening up a streaming music app on our phone while driving, are just as distracting. But let’s face it: when the music we’re listening to is good solid classic rock, and then suddenly “Saturday in the Park” comes on, we want to immediately skip to the next song before our ears revolt and crawl off our faces.
Distracted driving is a serious issue, never more so than now with our smartphones so easily accessible while in the car. A product that can help us skip all the terrible songs we want and keep in touch with our friends and family while driving, all without taking our eyes off the road, caught my eye. This is Logitech’s Logi ZeroTouch: a voice-controlled app and smart car mount. Currently only for Android smartphones, the Logi ZeroTouch car mount and app lets us use voice commands to hear texts, text back, access mapping services, geolocation and streaming music — all without taking our eyes off the road.
We’ve been hearing about the importance of hands-free phone calls in the car for a few years now, as they relate to distracted driving. I can vouch for my family; we all have bluetooth connections for phone calls in the car. But Waze? Forget it. If I try to check Waze while driving, my eyes are off the road, my mind is elsewhere even if just for a moment, and I definitely qualify as distracted. The Logi ZeroTouch car mount and app syncs with Waze so that users can navigate the quickest and best routes without even glancing at their smartphones.
The way the Logi ZeroTouch car mount and app works is pretty easy. It snaps right into a car’s air vent or dashboard mount, and start speaking. The connected Android app immediately responds. We can text this way (the app reads texts to us, and then translates voice to text for replies). We can use music streaming with Spotify to request genres, albums, artists and songs. Of course, we can place calls and also share our location with friends and family. All this, without the distraction of fumbling around with our smartphones.
Now, I’m an inveterate iPhone user, and currently the Logi ZeroTouch car mount and app is only available for Android phones. My loss, clearly. Hopefully Logitech has plans in the works to adapt their smart car mount and voice-controlled app for us iPhone fanboys and girls!