U.S. auto regulators want to block mobile apps while driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed industry guidelines that ask automakers to create a way to block applications on smartphones or tablets that can distract drivers.

Currently no safety guidelines exist for mobile devices when they are used while driving, the NHTSA said.

The new guidelines, which were published last week and are in a comment period, instruct automakers to create a “Driver Mode” similar to Apple’s Airplane Mode on iPhones, which takes the smartphone offline.

The new guidelines are the latest effort by the federal government to reduce accidents caused by distracted driving.

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from Computerworld News http://www.computerworld.com/article/3145412/car-tech/us-auto-regulators-want-to-block-mobile-apps-while-driving.html#tk.rss_news
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