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Automakers would have to rethink the kind of electronic devices and the number of these devices used within a vehicle

The first guidelines for reducing distracted driving were proposed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood yesterday, where automakers would be challenged to cut the number of in-vehicle entertainment and information electronics.

"Distracted driving is a dangerous and deadly habit on America's roadways -- that's why I've made it a priority to encourage people to stay focused behind the wheel," said LaHood. "These guidelines are a major step forward in identifying real solutions to tackle the issue of distracted driving for drivers of all ages."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the new guidelines, which are the very first of their kind. They aim to offer recommended criteria for the kind of electronic devices and the number of these devices used within a vehicle.

The proposed guidelines are currently in Phase l, which applies to light vehicles like cars, pickup trucks, minivans and SUVs. Phase l recommends guidelines that help automakers use electronics that are less likely to distract the driver with tasks that are not associated with the operation of the vehicle, and the use of electronics that won't require the driver's sight and touch for long periods of time.

The exact guidelines for Phase l include the following: reduce complexity and task length required by the device; limit individual off-road glances required for device operation to no more than two seconds in duration; limit device operation to one hand only; limit the amount of manual inputs required for device operation, and limit unnecessary visual information in the driver's field of view.

The Phase l guidelines also recommend that certain in-vehicle features be disabled to the driver, except when the car is in park: visual-manual text messaging; visual-manual social media browsing; visual-manual Internet browsing; visual-manual 10-digit phone dialing; visual-manual navigation system destination entry by address, and the display of more than 30 characters of text to the driver that is unrelated to driving the vehicle.

NHTSA is already looking ahead to Phase ll and Phase lll guidelines, which will take an in-depth look at electronics that are distractions in vehicles, yet not part of the vehicles, like smartphones and tablets. Phase lll is expected to look into voice-activated controls.

LaHood is known for his support for ridding distracted driving, but said he isn't looking to ban electronics in vehicles entirely. Back in December 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) pushed for a ban on hands-free calls while driving in order to reduce distracted driving, and LaHood said he wouldn't back it.

Source: United States Department of Transportation

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By Stuka on 2/17/2012 10:29:01 AM , Rating: 2
God himself made us idiots whom randomly kill each other for no reason. But, this guy has a BS from Bradley University, so he can fix God's mistake. Imagine what an MBA from Kansas City Eastside College could accomplish.

RE: Fallacious
By The Raven on 2/17/2012 10:44:23 AM , Rating: 2
I think you mean fellacious, as in these people will be fellating themselves when the number of crashes is reduced and they take the credit rather than the population just getting used to the new technology. It is just like when people were screaming "VD" after all the love ins were going on. Did we need the gov't to tell us who we could have sex with? No, we just learned that we were at risk and the new 'fad' of careless free love kinda just went away.

Phone makers will continue to make phone easier to use and they will therefore get safer to use and reduce distracted driving accidents. But in the end Ray, Obama and any other politician pushing this crap will pat himself on the back. On the other hand at least he pushed back on the moronic all out phone ban idea.

RE: Fallacious
By LRonaldHubbs on 2/17/2012 10:53:39 AM , Rating: 2
the new 'fad' of careless free love kinda just went away

o rly?

RE: Fallacious
By masamasa on 2/17/2012 11:15:58 AM , Rating: 3
What god? There is no's one big cult!

RE: Fallacious
By Camikazi on 2/18/2012 12:54:32 PM , Rating: 3
Got proof your god made us at all? :P Last I checked my mother and father made me, and their mothers and fathers made them. If you think about it the entire purpose of humans and our existence seems to be to fix your gods errors in the first place. Every single advancement we make is to fix a deficiency your god added for no reason other then to have something fun to watch when bored. Your god is sadistic and not so nice, I'm glad we are working to get rid of his private sitcom.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov

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