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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
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  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The race for apps superiority is a huge part of car sales today.

South Georgia car dealers say more customers everyday are demanding technology that provides what one manufacturer calls "infotainment."

"We are such a computer savvy population now. They are embracing all the touchscreens, the swipe gestures on the screens and the voice commands," said Prince of Albany Sales Associate Teri Underwood.

"Most people think they have a phone that's a couple of years old," said Sunbelt Ford Town Of Albany Sales Consultant Paul Koster. "They are replacing them with newer ones, because you just have more technology on them. It will be the same way inside of a vehicle."

Popular apps already available include emails read from your phone by voice command, and parking lot reminder.

Underwood said "If you've lost you car in the parking lot all you have to do on the GM Links is just go to your parking lot reminder.  It actually drops a pin exactly where your vehicle is parked."

Ford has a new app that reads today's USA Newspaper to you while you drive to work.

"You can ask to move around in the paper. But the apps are just increasing daily," said Koster. "It seems like you can YouTube a lot of things. [Even] find new apps for Ford products, access them via your phone."

Imagination is the only limit on the new apps coming in the near future.

But first responders say they are concerned using these apps, even voice operated, leads to distracted drivers and crashes.

"Any distraction in a vehicle is not a good idea to me," said Dougherty County Police Captain Thomas Jackson. "Your primary function in the vehicle should be operating the motor vehicle, not to talk on your cell phone, look at navigation machines, or answering e-mails."

But dealers say safety is the idea behind all the new apps.

"The main key for a lot of apps now is hands off the phone, eyes on the road," said Underwood.

"Information that is easy to access and use inside your vehicle makes your vehicle more pleasurable to drive, more fun to have, and safer, because you are not distracted while you are driving," said Koster.

Car manufacturers know keeping their customers safe is a key to business success, so apps development will have to keep driver distractions in mind. But is it possible to be entertaining and giving information to drivers on the road, without distraction?

That is the science now being developed for drivers down the road.

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