Cell Phones & Driver Distraction
By Samantha Murphy, TechNewsDaily Senior Staff Writer
posted: 23 November 2010 03:18 pm ET
Technology is everywhere these days, and cars are no exception. From built-in Internet hot spots and iPad docks attached to seat headrests to state-of-the-art TVs, many drivers are cruising around with the latest high-tech frills and accessories in their ride.
But even when it is designed to help drivers keep both hands on the wheel, such technology can cause “cognitive distractions” and are ultimately dangerous, experts say.
The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) petitions the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to take action to restrict the availability of two-way communication features through in-vehicle telematic systems while a vehicle is in motion. The purpose of this petition is to make the driving environment safer by reducing the availability of devices that have been proven to be traffic hazards.