The Feds Want Your Smartphone To Have A "Driver Mode"

Submitted by: trimble 10 months ago in Tech
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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."

There are 16 comments:
Male 8,547
I don't need saving from myself. I would like a little assistance being protected from the nimrods posting on facebook at 80mph. Enacting speed limits did not eliminate speeders. Requiring seatbelts did not force everyone to wear them. Both measures helped, as did the enforcement of each. The same here. Will it eliminate the problem? No, idiots will idiot. But it will help. It is the price you pay for the privilege of driving a motor vehicle on public roads.
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Male 374
Right. Because every other time the government tried to save us from ourselves, things worked out so well.
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Male 6,077
True but, to a large extent, the idea is to save everyone else from us.
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Male 2,694
I hate nanny state intervention more than the next guy but if people can't control/police themselves this is what we will get. I'd gather to say that 3/4 people with smart phones are dangerous fucktards behind the wheel and an accident waiting to happen sooner not later. Seriously people, put that thing down and look up. You're missing the real world and its getting people killed.
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Male 1,738
Right. Like speed limits and seat belts. How dare they create laws that make us safe?
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Male 1,138
Don't get me started on seat belts.  Any law desinged to protect me from myself is complete bullshit.  Don't get me wrong, I ALWAYS wear a seat belt, as does everyone in my car, but I don't need a law for that.  Laws should be designed to protect me from others, not myself.  How does someone else not wearing a seat belt hurt me?  It does not, therefore does not need to be a law.  Should there be laws that require automobile manufacturers to provide seat belts?  Yes, absolutely.  Should I be required by law to wear it?  No.  Just like people riding motorcycles should not be required by law to wear a helmet(they are not in my state).  They SHOULD wear a helmet, they should not be REQUIRED by law to wear one.  Now speed bumps are a different story.  Slowing down another driver keeps me safe when crossing the road.  Same thing with these cell phone laws.  If you are driving distracted, you are putting me at risk.  But seat belt laws need to go.
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Male 6,077
The reason for those laws is to protect all of us from having to pay for your care when you're so horribly injured that you can't pay for it yourself and your insurance company refuses to because you weren't smart enough to even try to keep yourself safe. And that doesn't even include life care afterward when you're too disabled to work.
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Male 8,547
How about a built in docking station in your vehicle for your phone? The car will not operate without the owners phone. But passengers phones are not blocked.
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Male 6,077
Then you just buy two phones. A cheap one for your car and the one you'll actually use. Or when you buy a new one, you keep the old one activated just for the car-dock. You know they'll do that.
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Male 8,547
Of course. I originally had that idea when cell phones were 'new'. Many ways around it. But distracted driving has been exacerbated by the little buggers.
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Male 6,077
Hell yes! I see them all the time. They're a menace to themselves and, more importantly, to everyone around them.
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Male 502
Eventually this problem will solve itself, the people who do this will die off and not breed. It's the innocent bystander that will suffer. I think they should mandate an app that uses GPS to emit 25,000 volts into the case whenever it senses its moving between 10 and 75 mph (to exclude plane travel).
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Male 6,077
And the passengers?
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Female 4,084
i personally don't talk on the phone when i'm driving, and i still have a flip phone, so this wouldn't apply to me. however, last sunday i was involved in a fairly serious accident (highway situation). when my landlord (who was my passenger at the time) went to check on the other driver, she was on her phone. so the supposition is that she was talking and distracted and didn't see my big-ass 1988 oldsmobile behind her because she didn't think to look in the rear-view before she turned in front of me. if this can save someone from getting as hurt as he and i are, or keep someone from getting killed, then i have to say i'm all for it, even though i think the government is way too interested in controlling our private lives.
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Male 6,077
Initially sounds reasonable but, of course, it almost certainly means that passengers will be blocked as well. Also, will there be a way to use the phone on a bus or a train?
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Male 20,916
It sounds like it's going to be for cars/trucks only, but yeah, it'll be interesting to see how they get around the driver's passengers using their phones.
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