The Feds Want Your Smartphone To Have A "Driver Mode"
Submitted by: trimble⚫ 10 months ago in
One one hand, big brother thinks you can't control yourself if you're behind the wheel with your constant Facebooking and texting. On the other hand, 26 percent of all car crashes in 2013 involve someone either talking or texting on their phones, 341,00 crashes in 2013 involved people screwing with their phones. You can't argue with numbers. --@Fancylad
An excerpt from The Hill:
The goal is to curb road deaths and injuries resulting from smartphone-based distractions, such as texting, phone calls and social media.
Regulators point to the historic spike in traffic fatalities last year, when 35,092 people died on U.S. roads. The NHTSA estimates that 10 percent of those deadly crashes involved at least one distracted driver.
"As millions of Americans take to the roads for Thanksgiving gatherings, far too many are put at risk by drivers who are distracted by their cell phones," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. "These commonsense guidelines, grounded in the best research available, will help designers of mobile devices build products that cut down on distraction on the road."