The problem of not paying attention to the road when you’re driving isn’t new. There is always something out there ready to distract the driver. It might be a great song on the radio, a cup of coffee, or the burger you’re trying not to drip onto your clothes. It might also be your smartphone and now people are filing lawsuits against Apple saying the maker of the iPhone is to blame.
The US government is already on board with placing the responsibility for limiting smartphone usage on the companies who make these gadgets. Despite technology that allows drivers to pair their phones to their cars and potentially reduce distraction, along with laws that won’t even let you touch your phone when you’re at the wheel, it’s not enough in the government’s eyes.
Initially, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) focused their efforts on getting automakers to build systems in their vehicles that made it easier to put down your phone. The ability to pair your phone to your vehicle and then initiate voice-activated commands to make calls or send texts was part of this initiative.
focuses on the companies that build smartphones. The guidelines are only guidelines, not laws, but the government hopes developers will jump on board with the idea. One of the items it calls for is a Driver Mode that lets your phone work, but in a limited and simplified