NHTSAs Proposals for Less Distracting Onboard Digital Devices

Author: Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP

The further technology emerges and advances, the more both benefits and detriments become apparent. Smart cars are the wave of the future and ultimately may erase car accidents from every day reality. However, during the transition between complete automation and present day driving, many technological devices can also serve as driving distractions—cell phones, GPS systems, CD changers, and onboard internet access,

First ever NTHSA proposed distraction guidelines for auto manufacturers

For the first time, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) news release indicated that NTHSA has proposed guidelines for automobile manufacturers to reduce device distractions for drivers. Guidelines included recommendations for the following:

Limiting manual inputs necessary for device operation
Reducing device operation complexity and task time
Limiting device operation to one hand only

NHTSA recommended disabling devices that involved a driver’s visual-manual operation for the following:

Text messaging
Internet browsing
Social media networking
GPS settings
10 digit phone dialing
Driving task descriptions of more than 30 characters

NHTSA is also considering guidelines for voice-activated controls and developing manufacturing guidelines for devices or systems not built into vehicles, but that are portable, brought into the vehicle and used while driving.
Legal implications

Federal regulations play a role when holding parties accountable for auto accidents. Federal guideline violations or recognized safety issues may provide grounds for negligence in certain accident cases. As attorneys, we stay current with the latest proposals and legal changes introduced by Congress and federal agencies.
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