Federal auto safety regulators have called on Apple, Samsung and other popular smartphone manufacturers to design their devices so that they can “pair” with car systems. When paired with a vehicle, a phone could automatically block videos not related to driving, text scrolling, access to photographs, books and texting.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which issued non-binding guidelines, also wants phone-makers to add “driving mode,” analogous to the already existing “airplane mode,” although it would turn on automatically. It would provide “a simplified interface” when the device is being used unpaired while its owner is driving.
"As millions of Americans take to the roads for Thanksgiving gatherings, far too many are put at risk by drivers who are distracted by their cellphones," US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.
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