iPhoneForums.Net News Team
- Jun 18, 2010
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AppleInsider reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has today issued a set of voluntary guidelines to smartphone makers in the hope that the likes of Apple and Samsung will add a driver mode to their phone software, in the interests of safety.
In the original report in The New York Times, the Secretary of Transportation said that “distraction is still a problem. Too many people are dying and being injured on our roadways.”
The NHTSA guidelines ask smartphone manufacturers to not just add some means of restricting drivers from using their phones or certain apps when in the car, but also to develop technology that detects when a phone is being used by the driver when someone is driving.
This marks the first set of guidelines issued by NHTSA regarding portable devices, although it has previously issued guidelines about the use of in-car entertainment and navigation systems.
Clearly, something needs to be done in order to deter people from using their phones when driving. Even legislation does not always help. For example, while it is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in the UK, people are often seen to be ignoring the law, including a driver who, according to the London Evening Standard, has just been filmed by a cyclist driving in a very busy part of South London while using three phones simultaneously.
Sources: US regulators ask smartphone makers to implement function-limited 'driver mode'
Driver 'using THREE mobile phones behind the wheel' near Elephant and Castle