The NHTSA announced the voluntary in-vehicle guidelines are almost finalized.

The voluntary in-vehicle guidelines are aimed at helping drivers prevent distracted driving, and also give software developers and automakers ‘the opportunity to innovate.’

“The in-vehicle guidelines that we are very close to (releasing) are going to create a framework for safety. We’re not so much concerned about the content — it is the ability of (drivers) to be able to maintain proper hands on wheel, eyes on road at all times,” said NHTSA chief David Strickland.

These in-vehicle guidelines will limit device operation to only one hand while the other remains on the steering wheel, will reduce individual off-road glances for device operation to only two seconds, will limit manual inputs for device operation and will reduce unnecessary visual information which interferes with the driver’s field of view.

Currently automakers work on setting the limits of what drivers are allowed to do behind the wheel, many restricting drivers from introducing an address into a car’s navigation system while in motion. Ford’s guidelines restricts games, video and text-heavy applications in order to avoid distracting drivers. The voluntary in-vehicle distraction guidelines were first proposed by the NHTSA in February 2012, but the final proposal is currently under interagency review.


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