|BlueAnt Commute Handsfree Car Kit CMT-USEN|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Phones | Handheld|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 20 November 2012|
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BlueAnt Commute Handsfree Car Kit Review
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Alpaytac.
BlueAnt Wireless is well known for their Bluetooth-connected headsets, such as the high-quality BlueAnt Q2 and the durable BlueAnt T1 series. Bluetooth headsets are great solutions for cellular telephone calls, but can become uncomfortable to wear and lack voice-activated control over calls and text messaging. The BlueAnt Commute CMT-USEN voice-activated handsfree car kit delivers complete voice command interaction with your SmartPhone, and includes all the great technology that delivers clear communication in their premium headsets. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the BlueAnt Commute under several conditions, comparing the features and benefits over other handsfree options.
Effective January 1, 2013, California's "Freedom to Communicate" bill will allow California drivers to use hands-free technology to talk and text while operating a motor vehicle. Nearly all other States have followed suit with similar laws of their own, which restrict drivers from using hand-held devices tp communicate. Under measure AB 1536, approved devices consist of those "specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation to dictate, send or listen to a text-based communication." BlueAnt Wireless' Commute car kit is the only aftermarket device that enables complete hands-free calling and texting, available for $99.99 (Amazon / PriceGrabber).
In order to comply with California law, drivers must use devices that feature voice triggers. California Highway Patrol considers the act of turning on a phone or pushing any kind of button to get a voice interaction enough to warrant a citation. The voice command feature on BlueAnt Commute enables driver to call and text completely hands-free, without touching a single button. California issues motorists a $20 fine for the first offense and $50 for subsequent convictions when a cell phone is used for calls or text messaging while driving. The Los Angeles Times reports that, "with court costs and penalties, the true costs of those tickets are $76 and $190, respectively."
BlueAnt Commute Features