Systems should not allow manual text messaging, internet browsing, social media, navigation destination entries, 10-digit phone dialing or displaying 30 or more characters of text "unrelated to the driving task" while the car is moving, NHTSA said.
Citing more than 3,000 highway deaths from distracted driving in 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a set of distracted-driving guidelines today. The auto industry and the public will have 60 days to comment on the proposal — the first ever regarding distracted driving — with hearings in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will issue final guidelines thereafter.
In a conference call to reporters this morning, NHTSA administrator David Strickland laid out a handful of guidelines to reduce the "complexity and amount of time required" for in-car systems:
- Allow usage with one hand, leaving the other on the steering wheel
- Limit how long drivers' eyes are off the road to two seconds or less
- Limit "unnecessary visual information" in the driver's field of view
- Limit the number of manual inputs required for various operations
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