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Government calls for phone makers to ‘lock out’ apps in a moving car amid 10% spike in traffic deaths

The government wants smartphone makers to lock out most apps when the phone is being used by someone driving a car.

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The voluntary guidelines are designed to reduce crashes caused by drivers distracted by phones.

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

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

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

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.

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 percent 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.

Navigation systems would be permitted.

‘With driver distraction one of the factors behind the rise of traffic fatalities, we are committed to working with the industry 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, with many offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that pair smartphones to car touch screens and allow limited use of the phone apps.

The 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.

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.

1 Comment on Government calls for phone makers to ‘lock out’ apps in a moving car amid 10% spike in traffic deaths

  1. lollllz well its ok it will help 20 percent

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