Guidelines Aim to Reduce Distracted Driving

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FLYINGSCOT
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Just in time
FLYINGSCOT   2/19/2012 7:03:16 AM
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Compared to Western European driving regulations the USA is quite relaxed about driving while distracted.  I believe these are good measures to implement and will result in fewer accidents.

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What's the point?
Susan Fourtané   2/19/2012 10:46:14 AM
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"The DOT does not intend to penalize carmakers that don't implement the guidelines."

Barbara,

If the DOT does not intent to apply any penalizations for non-implementation, what's the point of the guidelines? It would be great if carmakers follow the guidelines, but let's face it, carmakers will do what is best for the business, and that is to give all the distractions the consumers are asking for. 

-Susan  

 

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Swedish vs U.S. traffic safety
Susan Fourtané   2/19/2012 11:01:22 AM
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Flyingscot, 

I believe there are big differences in traffic safety between Europe and the U.S. However, this doesn't mean there is a big difference in traffic deaths. This comparative study is interesting. How much do you think things have changed since then? 

From a study published in 2007 :  "In 2005 Sweden recorded its lowest number of fatalities since the 1940s, while the US recorded its highest number in 15 years. The Swedish total is 66% below the highest number recorded in Sweden (in 1966), while the US total is only 20% below the highest number recorded in the US (in 1972). If the US total had dropped from its high by the same percent as the Swedish total did, in 2005 the US would have suffered 18,293 traffic deaths, 25,150 fewer than the actual total of 43,443. Despite this enormous difference in safety improvement between the US and Sweden, the distributions of US and Swedish fatalities by age and sex are found to be similar." http://scienceservingsociety.com/p/X/01.htm

-Susan 

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Voice activated input
TaimoorZ   2/19/2012 11:20:35 AM
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I have a feature on my smarphone which allows me to use the phone through voice commands while I'm driving. I can make call to a contact, browse maps or switch songs etc all through voice commands. I think all the devices in cars should allow user the option to give voice commands as input to perform various functions. Would certainly help in reducing distraction.



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TaimoorZ   2/19/2012 11:25:21 AM
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"carmakers will do what is best for the business, and that is to give all the distractions the consumers are asking for."

@Susan: I don't think consumers ask for distractions. Consumers are themselves concerned about their security. Consumers ask for options and features that they can use while driving for their entertainment and ease. If two car makers are providing the same options to the consumers and one of them is providing a safer way to use these features while driving, consumers would surely go for that brand of car. This way, if a car maker invests into following these guidelines and making the driving safe, they will get a better response from the consumers.


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Susan Fourtané   2/19/2012 11:37:13 AM
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Taimoor, 

Yes, voice command could be the way to avoid visual distraction, and maybe reduce other types of distractions. About the entertainment part, well, watching a video or a slide show while driving doesn't seem to be quite appropriate for several reasons, unless you want to transform your car into your new mobile office. 

-Susan 

 

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Re: What's the point?
Susan Fourtané   2/19/2012 11:41:25 AM
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Taimoor, 

I should be able to remember where I read about this, but yes, it seems like carmakers are just adding the distractions consumers are asking for. This is not something I just made up, you see. :) 

I agree in adding useful features, but updating Facebook startus and Tweets don't really seem to be useful enough to be done while driving. 

-Susan 

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Re: Guidelines Aim to Reduce Distracted Driving
Anne   2/19/2012 2:38:17 PM
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It would be a good thing if DOT can make it compulsory and penalise any carmaker that doesn't implement disabling of these distractive features.  

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Penalise the car makers
prabhakar_deosthali   2/20/2012 5:12:16 AM
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DOT should impose penalties on car makers who fail to adhere to these guidelines. Then only such guidelines will become effective. If a distracting  feature is automatically disabled  during the drivering then the safety will be forced onto the drivers and not be at the mercy of the subjective judgement of the driver. about what is distracting and what is not.

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Adeniji Kayode   2/20/2012 5:30:38 AM
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Not bad idea to use voice command in cars but are you also suggesting voice command for the braking system of the car too?

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