Mobile Makers To Block Texting Apps – Motoring Deaths Risen 10%

Calls for phone makers to block apps in moving, cars amid 10% rise in motoring fatalities

Traffic deaths risen by 10.4% in the first six months of this year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants car Manufacturers to make infotainment systems easy to pair with smartphones. Drivers will still be able to make calls, but the ability to text would be blocked. Mobile Makers To Block Texting Apps – Motoring Deaths Risen 10%

Mobile Makers To Block Texting Apps – Motoring Deaths Risen 10%

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also wants automakers to make infotainment systems easy to pair with smartphones.

 Mobile Makers To Block Texting Apps - Motoring Deaths Risen 10%

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration voluntary guidelines are designed to reduce crashes caused by drivers distracted by phones.

Mobile Makers To Block Texting Apps – Motoring Deaths Risen 10%

HOW IT WILL WORK 

NHTSA wants phone makers to develop technology that can determine if someone is driving a car and then disable most of the apps. 

But at present, that technology doesn’t exist. 

In its absence, the agency wants phones to have a ‘driver mode’ that would be activated by the smartphone user.

Drivers could still make calls but the phones and automaker systems would lock out the ability to enter text. 

Internet browsing, video not related to driving, text from books and photos also would be locked out. 

Navigation systems would be permitted.

Mobile Makers To Block Texting Apps – Motoring Deaths Risen 10%

Traffic deaths spiked 10.4 percent in the first six months of this year. 

That followed a 7.2 percent increase in 2015. 

The agency says 10% of fatal crashes last year involved distracted drivers.

Drivers could still make calls but the phones and automaker systems would lock out the ability to enter text. 

Internet browsing, video not related to driving, text from books and photos also would be locked out. 

Mobile Makers To Block Texting Apps – Motoring Deaths Risen 10%

Navigation systems would be permitted.

Driver distraction one of the factors behind the rise of traffic fatalities. We are committed to working with the industry. We have to ensure that mobile devices are designed to keep drivers’ eyes where they belong —on the road. NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said in a statement.

Automakers already are moving this direction. Many offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that pair smartphones to car touch screens.  These allow limited use of the phone apps. 

Mobile Makers To Block Texting Apps – Motoring Deaths Risen 10%

The NHTSA wants phone makers to develop technology that can determine if someone is driving a car. Then disable most of the apps. 

But at present, that technology doesn’t exist. 

In its absence, the agency wants phones to have a ‘driver mode’ that would be activated by the smartphone user.

Mobile Makers To Block Texting Apps - Motoring Deaths Risen 10%

Mobile Makers To Block Texting Apps – Motoring Deaths Risen 10%

Automakers already are moving this direction, with many offering Apple CarPlay (pictured) and Android Auto that pair smartphones to car touch screens and allow limited use of the phone apps.

NHTSA will take public comment for 60 days before deciding whether to put the guidelines in place. 

Unlike a federal government rule, auto and cell phone makers don’t have to obey the guidelines.

 

Mobile Makers To Block Texting Apps – Motoring Deaths Risen 10%
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