U.S. Expected to Seek Limits on Car Touchscreens

April 25, 2013

U.S. traffic safety regulators are expected to propose stronger measures to keep drivers from being distracted by in-car touchscreens.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator David Strickland have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon to address distracted driving.

Auto industry officials are expecting voluntary limits on the number of times a driver can push touch screen buttons while a vehicle is moving. Industry guidelines now limit that to 10 touches or a total of 20 seconds.

A spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers says the government has discussed a limit of six touches or 12 seconds. The alliance is concerned that the regulations will encourage the use of mobile devices while driving.

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  • September 20, 2016 at 6:58 pm
    Super Grover says:
    They'll figure this touchscreen deal out. I would rather see some standardization of the location of controls in cars. If I'm driving a rental, or even if I'm driving my wife'... read more
  • July 18, 2013 at 8:52 am
    youngin' says:
    I really don't like this Ray LaHood guy. All the Republican criticisms of the Obama administration actually seem to apply to the US DOT. And yet people here seem to be suppo... read more
  • July 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm
    Dave says:
    Some navigation systems are now voice activated.
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