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Indecent Exposure or Privacy Issue?

post #1 of 17
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I couldn't believe the headline....

http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/03/10/dri....ap/index.html
post #2 of 17
Forget the content of the movies, I think the whole idea of those car DVD players should be banned. More than once I have been behind one at night, and as a driver, it is hugely distracting. It's practically impossible for your eyes not to be attracted to whatever is playing.
post #3 of 17
You mean they now have DVD players in cars? OMG! Get rid of them, I think.
post #4 of 17
Yup Sam, they sure do have DVD players in cars. I was offered the option for one in my new car. I simply told the car dealer that I wasn't interested in distractions while driving. And as for passenger comfort, whatever happenned to scenery?

And as for playing pornography, well, it's against the law for retail shops to play restricted movies on their television screens for sale, I don't see what the difference is with DVD players in cars. It's not a completely private environment. Though a completely private environment could be attained by tinting the windows.

Next thing we'll be reading in the headlines is a driver suing the car dealership for selling a car to them with a DVD player because it proved too much of a distraction during driving resulting in a vehicle accident.
post #5 of 17
Cellphones are a major distraction, but imagine people just looking up at the TV for a sec, heck I think it's sad. Geez Nana got a new car today and she was excited it had a radio and had electronic windows?!

post #6 of 17
I've seen those, and enjoyed them a LOT, but frankly, I don't know if they are that much of a distraction, since they are on the back seat for the folks at the back seat. Perhaps, if we were to put them lower so that people on other cars wouldn't be seeing them then we can say it isn't.

However, as for pornography, if it isn't a completely private enviroment, then it should not be. Let's take this: If I were to put a pornographic pic outside of the car, it would be illegal. Wouldn't it be illegal to have a pronographic video playing where a lot of drivers may see a bit of it?
post #7 of 17
I've only seen a couple of screens in the UK. But i think it's like mobiles in cars, a distraction.
SAM: I would have loved to see nanas face with the electronic windows, bless her!!
post #8 of 17
I had a neighbor that would watch pornos in his house with the blinds open at night. After I told him that we could see in the windows he moved the tv. My point is, he was in his own house doing his own thing and these people in the car were doing the same. I have seen the DVD's in the cars and the screens are very small so I cant imagine being able to see much of anything on one from another car. There are much bigger things to worry about then what others are watching on their own time in their own cars.

The people that have the DVD's in the front seat on the dash board are the ones that scare the heck out of me.
post #9 of 17
I like the DVD players in cars. I plan to get one when I have kids. As for watching pornos, its the kids I worry about. What if your child is in your car and can see the porno in another car? I don't think it's right.

In law (at least in Florida) there is the concept of a "reasonable expectation of privacy" I don't htink that you can have that expectation when driving in your car if you don't have tinted windows. You know others can see in so you should not be playing stuff in there that you could not play in public.
post #10 of 17
I've sat behind minivans with dvd players and watched the movies while at a stoplight. So yes, you can see the picture quite clearly. Porn should not be allowed on the screen. I don't want my nephews seeing that in the next car.

They also have cars with internet access. Can you imagine someone surfing the net while driving?? I can understand if it was limited to certain sites...like map sites. But this is full access.

I have a hard time concentrating on the road if a good song comes on the radio! I don't know how you surf the net or watch a movie and drive at the same time!

Sandy
post #11 of 17
My first reaction was, "What?"!!! I think there should be some regulation of this. Firstly, screens in the front should be banned, as they're too much of a distraction for the driver. Screens in the back should be placed low enough that they can't readily be seen by people outside the car. And carmakers and DVD producers should agree on codes, i.e., only DVD players that can't play accordingly coded X-rated DVDs should be installed in cars. We have a multi-code DVD player, but most only play DVDs from a certain geographical region. So why not have DVD players that only play DVDs with particular ratings (or can be set that way for home use)? I don't know - the number of "options" available in cars is getting out of hand.
post #12 of 17
Internet acess and DVD players can be put in the back seats lower enough for anyone outside of the car not to see the movie and get distracted, and be capable of putting head phones to them. That way a driver would not get distracted by the sounds of the movie.
post #13 of 17
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Internet acess and DVD players can be put in the back seats lower enough for anyone outside of the car not to see the movie and get distracted, and be capable of putting head phones to them. That way a driver would not get distracted by the sounds of the movie.
I agree with putting them lower, however, this would hamper the vision of anyone riding in the very back seat of a mini-van or whatever. I asked my boyfriend (he is the service manager at one of the car dealerships in town) about the positions of these things and why they are placed in the ceiling and his answer was: better storage, out of the way, kids would kick them if they were mounted any lower. It is also more accessible should one become damaged or need repair if it is installed from the ceiling.

Tinting the windows won't do the trick either since whenever there is a light inside a vehicle, the tint isnt effective. It might damper the vision of other people around them, but would still give others a good idea of what is being watched.

I personally wouldnt want my kids to see anything of this, but as I see it, that person and what they are doing is not really any of my business. Since watching porn isnt illegal and DVD's in cars arent illegal there isnt a whole lot that can be done. I dont agree with it, but it isnt my place to tell someone what they can and cant do in their own cars or houses for that matter, especially if it isnt illegal.
post #14 of 17
I don't think it's a big deal. If they are going to have dvd players in cars whats the problem with porn? People are so touchy about the sex when the 4 year old kid came from doing the nasty in the first place. But I have to admit, if I were to watch porn for some strange reason in the back of a minivan, I wouldn't feel comfortable knowing that other people could see it. I would probably try to cover the windows or something. But to me, porn or the lion king would be equally distracting if the view was so clear that I could actually make it out..
post #15 of 17
If you are behind one of these cars at night with the ceiling mounted DVD players, you can see what's on as clear as a bell, even through tinted windows. I was behind another one tonight on the way home. I HATE IT!!! It is sooo distracting to drive behind. Your eyes are automatically drawn to it. AS for buying one, count me out. My kids spend enough time in front of the tv as it is. I wouldn't be caught dead owning one.
post #16 of 17
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Originally posted by rosiemac
I've only seen a couple of screens in the UK. But i think it's like mobiles in cars, a distraction.
SAM: I would have loved to see nanas face with the electronic windows, bless her!!
post #17 of 17
LOL! You guys.

I have never even seen a TV in a car in NZ so I don't think DVD's will be something that will be here soon(for the middle class people like us anyway). I don't think I would buy a car with a TV or DVD or whatever anyway I'd rather spend it on a good radio and get some sounds pumping, but thats just me.
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