"all evidence suggests people are increasingly unwilling to be cut off from constant communication"... wouldn't it make MORE sense then to promote technology that allows you to be in communication without having to take your eyes off the road... like the same way you can talk to a passenger in the vehicle whilst driving?
I dunno, Apple's 'Siri Eyes Free' and initiatives by others are one route to this whilst driverless cars are the other. Engineers seem to pick losing battles by creating technology with a 'computer says no' mindset instead of focussing on technology that tries to safely accommodate what people want to do.
I for one hope Scott Tibbitts fails in this endeavour and learns enough from it to focus on progressive and enhancing technology rather than restrictive technology.
You are in the hall of the mountain king.