Distracted driving is a huge problem, this we know. So the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is hoping some new guidelines will help continuing efforts to address it.
This week it released a second phase of proposed voluntary guidelines – these focused on smartphones and mobile devices. The first phase focused on devices or systems built into vehicles.
In a nutshell, the government wants smartphone makers to design products that reduce potential for driver distraction. Things like implementing a Driver Mode. The idea behind that is devices would detect whether you’re driving or a passenger. If you’re driving, the device would to automatically switch to Drive Mode and limit functionality. It would prohibit things like playing videos, manually texting, scrolling, and displaying books.
“NHTSA has long encouraged drivers to put down their phones and other devices, and just drive,” said NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind. “With driver distraction one of the factors behind the rise of traffic fatalities, we are committed to working with the industry to ensure that mobile devices are designed to keep drivers’ eyes where they belong — on the road.”
Meanwhile, the NHTSA continues to urge the driving public to take the following safety precautions to minimize distraction while driving:
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