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NHTSA Previews New “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving”

Meanwhile, new poll suggests drivers don’t want Twitter, Facebook, other distracting apps anyway.

by on Jun.07, 2012

The US Dept. of Transportation has released a new "Blueprint" aimed at ending distracted driving.

With cellphones, texting and other distractions blamed for several thousand traffic fatalities annually, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today introduced a new “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving” that could effectively limit the fast-expanding world of so-called “connected car technologies.”

The announcement, ironically, came on the same day that leaders of the communications, automobile and digital technologies industries were gathering together in Detroit to discuss the latest in-car technologies and the way to expand infotainment and telematics revenues.

But one study disclosed at the conference raised the question of just how much more technology motorists really want to deal with when driving, suggesting there is surprisingly little support for apps-based systems that could put access to such social media services as Twitter and Facebook on the dashboard.

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LaHood’s ambitious “Blueprint” aims to curb traffic fatalities caused by the use of cellphones and other technologies while driving.  And though it does not specifically outline an outright ban it encourages more stringent state and local regulations – and provides $2.4 million in grants to assist police in catching distracted drivers.


Automakers Argue Portable Cellphones, GPS Can Also Distract

Auto industry wants smartphone and portable GPS makers covered by new distracted driving rules.

by on Mar.12, 2012

Government data reveals that while highway fatalities are declining, distracted driving deaths have been rising.

New federal guidelines could soon put strict limits in place on the use of high-tech infotainment systems – but are the proposed rules missing some of the most blatant contributors to distracted driving?

That’s a point that several automakers plan to raise during hearings today that are expected to help define new rules aimed at limiting distracted driving.  The rules under study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would impact technology such as the Ford Sync system and Toyota’s EnForm, but manufacturers argue that the new guidelines should also include portable devices brought into a vehicle.

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“Our idea is that people should not be distracted by anything,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

U.S. highway fatalities fell to their lowest level ever last year when adjusted to reflect the ever increasing number of miles driven by American motorists.  But the good news was tempered by the fact that federal data showed one of every 11 highway fatalities came as the result of texting, cellphoning or some other form of distracted driving.


Feds Wants Crackdown on Driver Texting

White House to demand automakers limit ability to text, use cellphones while driving.

by on Feb.16, 2012

A new set of "voluntary" federal guidelines would limit texting and the use of other distracting technologies while driving.

With the nation’s top automotive safety regulator calling distracted driving an “epidemic,” the Obama Administration is demanding that automakers put a limit on technologies that permit motorists to text or make cellphone calls while driving.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today outlined a series of voluntary steps for automotive manufacturers that would focus on the safe use of in-car infotainment systems.  The proposal would impact navigation and entertainment systems but would put a particular focus on the use of cellphones for texting and voice calling.

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“Distracted driving is a dangerous and deadly habit on America’s roadways,” said LaHood, explaining, “That’s why I’ve made it a priority to encourage people to stay focused behind the wheel.”


LaHood Rejects Blanket Ban of In-Car Electronics

DoT chief still wants to target distracted driving.

by on Dec.22, 2011

Put the cellphone in the glovebox, says LaHood, though he won't call for an outright ban.

Even some of the biggest foes of distracted driving are rejecting the idea of a blanket ban on mobile electronics – notably including U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who has referred to the rise in distracted driving collisions, injuries and deaths as a “national epidemic.”

LaHood appeared to question the merits of a new proposal by the National Transportation Safety Board that would effectively ban everything from cellphones to, well, just about anything electronic inside the cabin that might be used by the driver.  The NTSB recommendation came after the organization reviewed a series of deadly incidents including one that was triggered by a teen driver texting before running into a truck – and then being hit by two school buses.  Two died and a number of others were injured.

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There are already significant restrictions on the use of handheld phones in states ranging from California to New York, along with municipalities like Detroit.  And the use of texting in a moving vehicle is even more restricted.  But the NTSB would even ban drivers from using hands-free phone systems, which has many experts questioning its enforceability, never mind effectiveness.