Ford Motor Co.'s study of in-vehicle electronic equipment and how it distracts drivers is a good idea. And Ford's intent to share the data with other automakers is an even better idea.
Empirical data on those subjects are sorely needed. We're way past the point where we can rely on guesswork. Cell phones, navigation systems, message centers, e-mail, laptops make driving more fun - and more dangerous. The question is, how dangerous?
Should some gadgets be banned from a moving vehicle? Should they be consigned to the back seat or made operative only when the vehicle is stopped? The evidence should tell us.