But officer, I was just watching TV

Another road distraction we don't need

Well, at least the marketers of this in-car video system made some kind of attempt to make their product seem road-safe: They portrayed it on the passenger side, not the driver's.

Nice try, but we seriously doubt that the "Sun Visor TV/DVD Theater" could be ignored by anyone in the car, especially the driver sitting right next to it. It's not that we have anything against video entertainment on the road; we'd love to have a 7-inch LCD and FM transmitter like this one seen on Red Ferret, especially for extended trips, and it even has a USB port so you can use it as a laptop monitor. And $300 isn't a bad price at all, especially considering that the cheapest portable DVD players were priced in that range only a few years ago.

But we believe that too many drivers have enough distractions already, especially those who insist on yapping away on their phones instead of paying attention to the task at hand. And, come on--take a look at the image on that screen. We defy anyone to multitask effectively with something like that within peripheral vision.

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.


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