NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) issued a series of recommendations for car manufacturers. They aim to eliminate SMS and internet functions from the multimedia system while the vehicle is in motion.
NHTSA, one of the major U.S. organizations as part of the Department of Transportation, wants to stop drivers for good for issues related to writing SMS or using the Internet while driving.
NHTSA project – No internet or SMS functions while driving
Initially, the NHTSA project acts as a voluntary recommendation to car manufacturers. Therefore, NHTSA suggests that the functions of sending and reading SMS messages to be blocked from the multimedia system menu that equip vehicles sold in the U.S., to block all the systems related to entertainment and video communication, and to block all the social media or internet related content when the vehicle is not stopped and the parking gear is not engaged.
“I have no doubt that drivers appreciate these technologies, but we have an obligation to balance the innovations desired by consumers with the safety measures that we all need,” said Ray LaHood, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. His statement comes a few moments after the announcement of the new NHTSA standards, which suggest that the multimedia system should not distract the driver’s attention from the road for more than two seconds per action.
The new NHTSA regulation involves reaching any of the multimedia system goal in just six presses made in no more than 12 seconds. Whether we are talking about changing the radio station or changing the interior temperature, all these actions must be completed within the specified range.
In contrast, the U.S. Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the largest industrial group in the country, stipulates for a 20 seconds time. NHTSA intends to gradually integrate the new requirements within three years, in this time to also develop recommendations for the voice command systems, along with regulations for portable multimedia devices.
NHTSA considers integrating a test for the multimedia systems within its safety tests, in order to facilitate the development of systems that work as simple as possible and don’t distract the driver from the road.
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