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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 22:20

Corporate Responsibility for Distracted Driving

Written by  NYTimes

The family of a girl who was killed when the car she was in was rear-ended by a driver using his iPhone’s Facetime app has sued not only the driver, but also Apple. The family says iPhones should disable video and other distracting apps when they are being used by a driver. Should it be a company’s responsibility to make social media and other distracting apps unworkable when they are used in a moving car?

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Ever notice that when you use Bluetooth hands free to leave a voice message on phone-mail - the carrier (AT&T is guilty) will ask: "If you are satisfied with your message, press 1".
So the user is supposed to find the cellphone, navigate to the keypad and find the "1" key - all before they hit someone. How about if you simply had the option to say "Yes", "No", or even "One" - or perhaps just timeout to acceptance. AT&T could fix this with a simple software fix on their phone-mail software. Complain to them.

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You would think know that a driver knows better than to use these distracting devices in the car but time has proved that drivers are weak when it comes to self discipline and a phone. Therefore somehow they should be disabled when the car ignition is turned on.

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Chet Heath Written by Chet Heath
February 27, 2017
And what about passengers? How do you determine who is texting or absorbed by phone-mail? My wife is on her phone the instant we go anywhere. I don't dare let her drive - I have to. She monopolizes the Bluetooth phone completely, but I do get to overhear some juicy discussions.


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