Distracted Driving: Should Talking, Texting Be Banned-2?
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Scientists at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are simple participation in a phone conversation (talking or listening) did not lead to a statistically significant increase in risk. The study will be presented next month at the first international conference on driver distraction and inattention, in Göteborg, Sweden. (Read "Texting and Walking: Dangerous Mix."), however, of simulator studies. In July the institute released who agreed to have a camera placed in their vehicle After examining that crashes and near crashes, the researchers concluded that while (dialing and texting)
In spite of the proliferation of anti-cell-phone laws, drivers' habits don't appear to be changing. A 2008 Nationwide Insurance survey found that So parents, employers and insurance companies are to help minimize driver distraction. In the next few months, All the products have provisions that allow both incoming and outgoing calls during emergencies.
Knowing that people will be unlikely to volunteer for a service thapartnered with one of the start-ups and is planning to offer a discounted rate for those who use the distraction reducer. The insurer says its discount will most likely cover the cost of Aegis Mobility's DriveAssist, which will be available next year.Nationwide has
Meanwhile, the CAS is calling for moremeasures. Now that it has uncovered the NHTSA research, it is filing a calling for all new cars to have a device installed that "We do not see how [NHTSA] can turn down a problem that's rapidly turning out to be as bad as drunk driving," says Clarence Ditlow, CAS's executive director. "We're asking that technology be installed in cars
Though Ditlow admits that such a move could be years away, the organization's goal remains to "as socially unacceptable " he says. "It's just a question of when we get there."
New Services to Reduce Driver Distraction
Parents can set up a password-protected profile that won't allow calls or texts when a Bluetooth device detects that the car is in motion.
$99, then $10 per month for Web services
Aegis Mobility DriveAssist
Downloaded software will use a phone's GPS to determine whether it is in a moving vehicle, then log incoming calls and texts, and respond with a message that you're driving.
$6 to $12 per month
The least restrictive of these three products, this downloadable software lets you dictate text messages and updates to social-networking sites while you're driving.
Free; premium subscription is $5 per month