re: Cellphone Driving Ban: Good Idea?
I see this vote as very misinformed as to the root cause of the problem - the distracted driver. Smartphones, tablets and other mobile computing devices are NOT going to go away. The better thing do to instead of banning them in the vehicle is to insure that they function appropriately in that vehicle while the engine is one and the vehicle is moving. For example,
1. Require bluetooth to be implemented in all mobile hardware (cell phone, smartphones, tablets, etc)
2. Requiring hands free car kits in all motor vehicles.
3. Implementing a method by which the driver's smartphone disables ALL, non-navigational data transmission (so the phone can't text, surf, etc.) while the car is moving.
While this may require software updates to existing and new phones, and may require additional hardware or accessories, this is the more appropriate mandate. It should be easy to implement given GPS hardware in most modern smartphones (and perhaps some high end feature phones). Specifically, it
* Supports the implementation of new jobs by employing additional hardware and software design, development and sales engineers.
* Saves current jobs by preventing the recall and disablement of existing hands free features in most Ford and other vendor's automobiles, thereby saving the jobs of existing hardware and software engineers and testers.
* Appropriately addresses the root cause of the problem by turning off the social networking features in mobile devices in a moving vehicle, and reenables them after the vehicle stops and is turned off.
OBVIOUSLY, in order to satisfy the intent of this recommendation - to save the lives of American citizens and tourists - its going to require individuals at the NTSB and all Mobile Communications Carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.) as well as all mobile device hardware manufacturers to work together and think out of the box.
Amputating a leg because of an infected toe doesn't make sense. Treating the infection and/or localizing the amputation to the effected toe is more appropriate and still allows you to walk. If something like my above suggestions are NOT considered, then the issue of distracted driving must also include a recommended ban on
* Multipassenger vehicles
* Children in ANY vehicle
* Radios and/or any music or media playing devices in any vehicle
* Eating and/or drinking in any vehicle
* Applying make-up in any vehicle
* Any activity other than driving in any vehicle
I would like to challenge Deborah Hersman and her team at the NTSB to revisit this recommended technology ban. A better solution is to employ technology to control the technology, not to forbid its use.
I'm also available to help - advise, consult, etc. - should the NTSB like to explore this further.