In order to address the burgeoning problem of distracted driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed guidelines for automobile manufacturers designed to prevent the use of certain infotainment systems while a car is in motion. Specifically, the guidelines require manufacturers to restrict onboard systems to prevent drivers from viewing text messages, browsing the internet, typing addresses into navigation systems, or seeing more than 30 characters of an incoming message unless vehicles are stopped and out of gear.
While a good first step, these guidelines do not impact a driver’s ability to use a cell phone or other standalone electronic device while a car is in motion. The NHTSA has scheduled hearings on the proposed rules.
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Source: USA Today, “DOT ‘distracted driving’ rules would limit cars’ info systems,” Chris Woodyard.