Global Automakers Comments on NHTSA Proposal for Distracted Driving Guidelines for In-Vehicle Devices

May 18, 2012

On May 18, 2012, Global Automakers submitted comments to that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in response to the agency's proposed guidelines for reducing visual-manual driver distraction during interactions with in-vehicle devices.

While supporting NHTSA's efforts to reduce distracted driving by providing guidelines for evaluating in-vehicle devices, Global Automakers encourages NHTSA to work collaboratively with automakers to continue to refine the guidelines as measurement methods improve and our understanding of driver behavior and driver workload grow.  In our comments, Global Automakers also urged NHTSA to issue guidelines for portable devices as soon as possible, cautioning that overly restrictive limits on in-vehicle devices could result in drivers using protable devices while driving.  The comments also addressed concerns with several technical details including lockout requirements for certain tasks and features, character limits for visually presented text, and eye-glance acceptance criteria among other issues.


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