CEA Disputes NTSB Call for Ban on Portables in Cars

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The National Transportation Safety Board, once again recommended to states and regulators they ban use of portable devices that are non-essential to transportation in cars, and even planes, trains and boats.

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It also recommended that manufacturers develop technology that disables the devices when in reach of drivers.

The findings were announced Wednesday in the NTSB’s 2013 Most Wanted List.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) fired back Wednesday with a statement claiming that while it share’s the NTSB’s goal of safety, it doesn’t condone a total abstinence approach.

CEA’s SVP of Gov’t & Regulatory Affairs Michael Petricone said, ““Rather than calling for broad regulations or outright bans, policymakers should encourage the use of the many innovative driver safety technologies coming on to the marketplace. Indeed, earlier this year, CEA forwarded the NTSB a list of third-party applications that promote safe use of portable technologies in the automobile. We look forward to working with the NTSB to enhance safety without inadvertently prohibiting or discouraging the use of innovative in-vehicle technologies.”

The CEA’s list referenced above stated that using a GPS navigation system is safer than a lost or disoriented driver.  And it said children who are occupied by an in-car entertainment system are less likely to distract the driver.

The NTSB’s Most Wanted List also included a call to Mandate Motor Vehicle Collision Avoidance Technologies. This would include making systems standard such as lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, and electronic stability control.  It might also include tire pressure monitoring and speed-limiting technology.

Source: CEA, NTSB.

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