U.S. Dept. of Transportation Wants to Disable Phones in Cars
Raymond LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation, says that the U.S. Department of Transportation wants to make it impossible to use cellular phones while in moving vehicles through the use of blocking technology. "I think the technology is there," said LaHood. "And I think you're going to see the technology become adaptable in automobiles to disable these cell phones." The move is being considered due to the rising number of traffic deaths (~5,500) and injuries (500,000) that result each year from distracted driving. Right now, there are no federal laws to prevent drivers from using cell phones, though a number of states and municipalities have enacted such legislation. LaHood, however, doesn't think the laws are a big enough deterrent. LaHood indicated that jamming equipment wouldn't be used, but instead the Department of Transportation is considering software solutions from companies such as Zoomsafter, tXtBlocker and iZup, which disable certain phone features when it is determined that they are in a moving vehicle. LaHood didn't provide any sort of time frame.
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so when I cant cal 911..
Seriously its stupid ideas like this that make people so anti government. Next thing you know everyone is so pissed off its impossible to pass a net nuetrality...
Has Anyone Developed a Petition Yet?
*I can't call the local sheriff to say I'm hurt or someone else was just in an accident.
*My passengers are stuck listening to radio because they can't use Pandora.
*I'm stuck with $200 worth of bluetooth equipment I bought so I could call/text LEGALLY.
*My passengers can't text/call their friends and family.
*AT&T Navigator and Google Navigation are now useless while driving, you know, when I need them.
Passengers can and will continue to use their phones while in others vehicles. And there are lots of folks who use their phones as their primary GPS device while driving. And of course, many al...
I understand his position, BUT...
what about navigation?
What about passengers?
How would this blocking technology discern between a driver's cell phone and a passengers? It wouldn't? FAIL!!!
But, sadly, telling you how I did it would jeopardize my patent-ability.
U.S. Consumer Public Wants to Disable Common-Sense while Driving
Distractions will be a part of everyday life whether it be behind a motor vehicle or at the job.
A police radio is just as distracting as a cell phone
A police radio is just as distracting as a cell phone
Yeah, but you're forgetting that Law Officers believe that they are above the law instead of servering and protecting the law. But hey, they...
Has anyone thought...
Gimme A Break...........
Y'all can start hating me now, if you didn't already
For several months now, I've been stewing over a handset level, software based solution to restrict drivers from using cellular devices without affecting the ability of passengers or mass transit users to operate their devices. It would also allow white-list functionality to support GPS systems and Pandora while disallowing high distraction services like SMS and non-emergency calling. It would also be easy to implement at the service provider level for wider, faster deployments.
So far, the results are very, very promising. My modeling looks great. I just need to find a crew with be...
I personally hate that the government has to enforce something like this tho. i really wish people would stop being so selfish and start acting...
dep of transportation can sit and spin
Here's the TRUTH of the matter
Seriously, blocking technology sounds very dangerous if something goes wrong. Also it sounds very expensive to implement and the payoff isn't foreseeably worth it. In addition, what about passengers in a vehicle? They aren't even driving and have to be punished? Noooooooo.
The idea here is for people to say, " Gosh that's so extreme, I wouldn't mind a ban on using cell phones if an officer sees you but ... clearly not this".
Let's see how success he will be in this
When politicians position things such as this, they don't really expect the idea to come into fruition. They want to bolster an alternative viewpoint that will seem more approachable by conveying an extreme
I Told You!
What happens when this technology is deployed? What happens when a passenger wants to use a device? How far do the 20 something bloggers here want the government to get into their lives?
I love how they
would this work?
i think i did more damage when i was messing with the satellite radio then my cell phone
Keep in mind, they're lookin...
It is possible to disable government while driving?