Could Smartphone Makers Put a Stop to Distracted Driving Accidents?

You are driving down the road when suddenly you hear a noise come from your smartphone sitting on the passenger seat next to you. It is one of your deal-finding apps that alerts you to nearby sales as you pass stores. You’re interested and want to know what you could save, but you are driving. Should you look at the phone and find the deal, or wait until you come to a stop?

This is an example of mobile technology in all its convenience, but also in all its distraction. Each day, smartphone owners are in similar situations, but most do not question safety when they check their phone. Everyone is aware of the dangers of texting and driving, but those dangers do not make it easy to overcome the human desire to respond to incoming text messages. Scare campaigns and tactics don’t seem to do much for these drivers – instead, the responsibility should lie on the smartphone manufacturer and how they can reduce distracted driving with their own devices.

What About Apps?

There are dozens of third-party apps on IOS and Android operating systems that can disable texting and alerts, and even monitor senders and callers when the other person is driving. There are also those programs that can narrate text messages and emails while driving. However, these are not full solutions – especially when the original software limits them so much. And, this software only deals with texting. It doesn’t address other distractions that smartphones create.

Why Operating Systems Have the Power to Change

You may think that it isn’t the manufacturer, it is the apps. But, operating systems on today’s smartphones have numerous sensors that can detect everything from elevation to orientation, and even if you are walking or driving a vehicle. Apps use these sensors to do a variety of functions, so why aren’t operating system creators using that same technology to disable calls, text messages, etc. while a person is obviously driving?

The reason is that app publishers are unlikely to cooperate. After all, when an app is suddenly blocked from use, they could experience limited user engagement and higher frustrations. Also, app makers would have to implement some sort of opt-out option for those who are riding as passengers – that is, those not actually driving. While this could be an annoyance, it may still be the answer to saving lives.

Creating a System-Wide Car Mode May Save Lives

A system that comes equipped with a “car mode” could be the answer to saving drivers’ lives. It could automatically switch over when it detects driving or fast movements, and for parents, it could be a parental control feature to protect teen drivers.

Until Technology Catches Up, Drivers Still Need to Be Responsible

While the hopes for better technology linger, it is still ultimately up to the responsibility of the driver to not text or talk on his or her phone while driving. If you have been seriously injured in an accident with a texting driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact a personal injury attorney at Jacobs Law, LLC today for a free consultation by calling or filling out our online contact form with your questions.

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