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New Video – Installing the Motion F5V in a Tempus Dock on an Industrial Evolution Mount

We have released a short video showing just how quick and easy it is to install a Motion F5V into a car, using the Tempus Dock and the Industrial Evolution Surfboard Mount.

When used in conjunction with professional mounting/docking systems such as those made by Industrial Evolution and Tempus, Blank-IT provides the most comprehensive in-car computing solution available anywhere.

For more details, visit the Blank-IT website

Lawsuit Highlights Dangers of Computer Use in Cars

Use of in-car computers and Employer Liability

A lawsuit in the United States highlights the potential for employers and manufacturers to be held liable for incidents involving workers who operate laptops and computers in company vehicles.

The legal action relates to an incident in Austin, Texas. A police officer diverted his attention from driving to enter information into an onboard laptop computer. The officer’s inattention allegedly caused an accident that led to serious injury for the motorcycle rider.

using laptop in carThe police vehicle failed to yield the right of way, ran a stop sign, and collided with a motorcycle in an intersection. The rider of the motorcycle nearly lost a leg and endured twelve operations.

Despite extensive physical therapy, he has since struggled to learn to walk again, suffers from horrible disfigurement to his leg and back and is unable to leave the house unattended.

The officer was driving a police department vehicle with an on-board laptop computer running software for record-keeping and sending text messages. Neither the computer or the software system had a built-in mechanism to block usage of the computer by an officer who was also driving.

According to the attorney behind this case, the Mobile Data Computer used by the Austin police resulted in the officer’s eyes being drawn away from the road for up to four out of every six seconds.

The attorney cites the incident as being a result of both policy and technological failures i.e.

  • It was departmental policy to install the onboard computers & software and to encourage officers to use them while driving
  • It was departmental policy to seek an exemption for its officers from Austin’s ordinance against texting while driving
  • There should have been a built-in ability to disable an officer’s on-board computer when he or she is driving

Austin attorney Len Gabbay has included both the Austin Police Department and the makers and sellers of the Mobile Data Computer in his lawsuit seeking compensation for the motorcycle rider’s life-altering injuries.

Cases such as this should press home to employers that it is CRITICAL that they:

  • devise policies to ensure that computer use within vehicles is managed correctly, and
  • implement technology to enable the effective enforcement of such policies

About Blank-IT:

Blank-IT is designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction and use of in-car and in-cab computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help your company and vehicle fleet conform with distracted driving legislation.

We also work closely with mounting system manufacturers such as Tempus to provide you with complete solutions to any in-vehicle display management requirement.

Find out more today at Blank-IT – or contact us on 08 9486 7122 (if calling from outside Australia: +61 8 9486 7122).

Original Source:  http://www.lbglaw.com/CM/Custom/Austin-Distracted-Driving-Case-Calls-Attention-to-Police-Officers-and-Their-Computers.asp

Van Driver Caught Using Laptop While Driving

During a crackdown on bad drivers and traffic infringements, Dumfries and Galloway Police caught a van driver using a laptop computer while he was driving.

Not only was he using the laptop, he actually had it resting on his knees while he was doing so. This clearlybreaks distracted driving legislation and numerous safety and OH&S guidelines.

As Police spokesman Sergeant Billy Broatch commented

It beggars belief that someone could think they can concentrate on the road while they were using a laptop. The dangers it causes don’t bear thinking about.

However danderous the actions of this driver sound, this will certainly not be an isolated incident. Although much of the focus of Distracted Driving  campaigns is on cellphone use and texting, laptops are now regarded as vital for mobile workforces and their use by drivers and other employees is widespread.

It is crucial for employers to ensure that employee use of computers in driving situations is strictly managed and controlled.

About Blank-IT:

Blank-IT is designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction and use of in-car and in-cab computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help you conform with distracted driving legislation.

We also work closely with mounting system manufacturers such as Tempus to provide you with complete solutions to any in-vehicle display management requirement.

Find out more today at Blank-IT – or contact us on 08 9486 7122 (if calling from outside Australia: +61 8 9486 7122).

WA Distracted Driving Laws

On March 1st 2011, the West Australian Government introduced changes to the laws regarding the use of mobile phones and visual display units (such as laptops and screens) while driving.

The changes help clarify the term ‘use’, and address questions about the use of mobile phones which have other capabilities (e.g. text messages, emails, video messages, GPS, etc.).

The WA Government’s Towards Zero road safety strategy for 2008-2020 includes a range of education campaigns, with an emphasis on emerging areas such as distraction.  In May 2010 the Office of Road Safety launched a television, radio and billboard campaign to inform the public of the dangers of distracted driving, including using mobile phones while driving.

Government and other recent research indicates that both the physical and cognitive distraction caused by using mobile phones while driving can significantly impair a driver’s visual search patterns, reaction times, decision-making processes and his or her ability to maintain speed, throttle control and lateral position on the road.

In addition, the changes introduce tighter regulations about secure mounting of Visual Display Units that are being used as part of a driver’s aid, and stipulate that any mounting must be commercially designed & manufactured for that purpose.

For more information see the WA Office of Road Safety website announcement.

You can also see our handy reference to Australian Distracted Driving legislation.

About Blank-IT:

Blank-IT is designed specifically to address the problem of driver distraction and use of in-car and in-cab computers and laptops. It is easily installed, doesn’t rely on 3rd party input such as GPS, is fully customisable for different working environments and will help you conform with distracted driving legislation.

We also work closely with mounting system manufacturers such as Tempus to provide you with complete solutions to any in-vehicle display management requirement.

Find out more today at Blank-IT – or contact us on 08 9486 7122 (if calling from outside Australia: +61 8 9486 7122).