Dot Restrictions On the Car Smart Phone Convergence

Author: Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP

The more appealing and sophisticated high technology becomes, the more auto manufacturers want to incorporate it into vehicles. Enhanced communication, entertainment systems and navigation devices are features that sell cars. MirrorLink has developed car entertainment systems and smartphones with downloadable software for screens that face drivers. MirrorLink’s technology “connects a smartphone and car entertainment system with two-way audio, video and data link.” Eighty-five auto manufacturers are onboard with the technology and considering building these features into cars before sale.

The paradox is that the greater the technological allure, the greater the distraction and traffic dangers. Distracted driving has been a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) concern within recent years because it predisposes drivers to accident injuries and fatalities.

On April 23, 2013, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced new voluntary guidelines for auto manufacturers in an effort to reduce driving distractions. The guidelines target ways to limit the amount of time drivers have their attention off driving. Guidelines only allow drivers two seconds at a time to perform a task and 12 seconds total. After that, the operation disables unless vehicles are stopped and parked. These disable functions would be applied to the following:

  • Manual texting for text messaging and internet browsing
  • Video phoning and conferencing
  • Text message, web pages and social media content displays

When distracted driving causes you or a loved one serious injury, get legal help from an experienced Long Island personal injury lawyer. Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP has extensive experience helping people recover damages in auto accident cases.