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No Text Zone: Feds Look For Technological Solution

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT

The feds are hoping science will come to the rescue to save drivers from themselves.  More than 3,000 drivers die every year from texting while driving or other distractions.  Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking automakers to come up with a technological solution which would recognize when the driver is texting and deactivate it.

We profiled some phone apps in the past that accomplish basically the same thing.  They would lock up the phone when the car was in motion, or they would snitch on you if you used the phone while driving.  But the apps only detected motion and were unable to determine whether you were driving or simply a passenger.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking for technology that would do the same thing: prevent the driver from texting and also kill the phone's video screen.  This could be done by pairing the driver's phone with the car.  That's not impossible.  You could even use your phone to start your car.  But that creates the problem that if you lose your phone you've locked yourself out of your car.  And of course there are people who carry more than one phone.

Ideally the technological solution would only affect the driver, allowing passengers to freely use their devices.  If you think you have the answer, the Department of Transportation wants to hear from you... although I would patent the idea first.

To keep up with efforts to make our streets a no text zone... Check out the "No Text Zone" section of keyetv.com.

By Fred Cantu

 

No Text Zone: Feds Look For Technological Solution


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