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Today’s world is made for multitasking, and sometimes it is a wonderful thing. For instance, movie theaters that double as restaurants combine my two great loves: watching films and eating. Sometimes, however, multitasking is a terrible thing, like when a person’s car doubles as his personal office. The AutoExec Wheelmate Steering Wheel Attachable Work Surface Tray does just that by providing drivers with a work space on their steering wheel. Because who needs to keep their eyes on the road, right?
According to the Amazon description, this terrifying invention is intended to “increase efficiency” and is “a great place to write.” To be fair, the description doesn’t imply that the tray should be used while driving; however, that didn’t stop several reviewers from writing about their new driving desk.
George Takei loves his new steering wheel work surface!
My husband Brad always warns me not to try and update my Facebook page while I'm driving. "You'll hit another pedestrian," he says. "This isn't the Enterprise, there isn't a deflector array." Then along comes a miracle product like this! I can now happily fly at warp speed down the streets of Los Angeles, laptop or mobile device perched right in front of me, so I can keep both eyes right on it AND on the road. It's so much easier to ignore all the frightened screams and annoying honking when you've got Facebook to look at while driving. Thank you, Wheelmate!
Takei gave the tray a whole five stars, but not everyone is as thrilled about their new car accessory.
In a review entitled “Not so good as baby changing table,” Bob Dobbs states his major grievance with the tray.
I read some 4 and 5 star reviews by those who used this device successfully to change a baby while driving. On that basis, I bought one. I put my baby on it and drove for over an hour. It did not change. Same baby. I am glad it worked for some people but I will be returning mine. (The steering wheel desk.)
Of course, the AutoExec Wheelmate Steering Wheel Attachable Work Surface Tray is not meant to be used while driving. How could you turn the wheel while your laptop sits atop your steering wheel desk? Dobbs review is obviously just a well crafted joke — I hope.