NTHS Guidelines On In-Car Technology Could End Up Helping Radio
February 17, 2012 at 5:01 AM (PT)
Radio's battle for the attention of drivers may be changing as THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION has proposed voluntary guidelines for manufacturers, "including a recommendation that they design dashboards so that distracting devices are automatically disabled unless the vehicle is stopped and the transmission is in park," reports THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR.
"We recognize that vehicle manufacturers want to build vehicles that include the tools and conveniences expected by today's American drivers," NHTSA Administrator DAVID STRICKLAND said. "The guidelines we're proposing would offer real-world guidance to automakers to help them develop electronic devices that provide features consumers want without disrupting a driver's attention or sacrificing safety."
ALLIANCE OF AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS VP GLORIA BERGQUIST said, "Drivers are going to have conversations, listen to music and read maps while driving, and automakers are helping them do this more safely with integrated hands-free systems that help drivers focus on the road."
Radio could benefit if other dashboard technologies are automatically disabled. Those might include text-messaging, Internet browsing, social media browsing, phone dialing and computer screen messages of 30 characters or more that are unrelated to driving.