"As millions of Americans take to the roads for holiday gatherings, far too many are put at risk by drivers who are distracted by their cellphones," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "These common-sense guidelines, grounded in the best research available, will help designers of mobile devices build products that cut down on distraction on the road." Don't risk it. CLICK BELOW to compare car insurance quotes and find the best deal for you!
"NHTSA has long encouraged drivers to put down their phones and other devices, and just drive," said NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind. "With driver distraction being one of the factors behind the rise of traffic fatalities, we are committed to working with the industry to ensure that mobile devices are designed to keep drivers’ eyes where they belong — on the road."The hope is that these modes will automatically enable once you've gone over a certain speed. But, the problem is that, smartphones will not be able to determine whether you're the driver or a passenger. This means that you'll need to enable the mode manually. It remains to be seen how handset manufacturers respond. It is also uncertain how insurance companies will take this proposal into account when working out premiums. Will driver mode ever reach South African smartphones? It all depends on what happens in the United States of America, it seems.