Auto executives are expecting new Federal guidelines for driver distractions in vehicles. Guidelines, instead of regulations, means it will be up to auto makers to keep distractions to a minimum within their car’s design and technology. Auto distractions can be radios, navigation and control systems along with driver hand-held devices, like cell phones and music players. Some auto makers, such as Ford, are introducing voice controlled interactive systems to help keep driver’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
In the meantime, Onstar is still planning to launch it’s Facebook application, which will allow drivers to verbally update their Facebook status from their car. They decided to move forward with the application after testing it with about 1,000 people and finding no evidence of problems.
In the next few months, it will be important for auto makers to show they are taking driver distractions seriously or regulations could be around the corner. And, with distraction laws and news, everyone is watching.
Read more about teen driving distractions on our Major Dangers page.
What are your thoughts? Will you be looking at a new vehicle with this technology soon?