Boy, the FCC is now on the bandwagon too for distracted driving. Not that there is anything wrong with that. However, the NTSB, NSF, NHTSA, and other federal acronyms are all vying for support to kill any texting while driving. Again, not a bad thing. But how much federal overlap do we need on the issue? http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/distracted-driving-information-clearinghouse
On Friday the Federal Communications Commission’s Distracted Driving Technology Showcase in Washington took place. In addition to all of the agencies on hand, there was a lot of technology being promoted. Mainly in the form of text-killing apps when the smartphone sees the user is in a vehicle.
According to Wayne Irving, CEO of Iconosys who is the purveyor of the DriveReply app: “A big part of technology is convenience. We all want technologies that will make life easier for us, but at the same time, we also need to keep safety in the forefront of our minds. Unfortunately, we are now starting to see the full impact of the unintended problem of texting while driving. Technology should make life easier, not make life more dangerous or even cut life short, and at Iconosys we have responded with a technology-based solution that allows drivers to focus on what is most important – their driving – while still having their communication devices engaged and responsive. Distracted driving is an issue I am passionate about, and I am honored to have been invited by the FCC to attend the Distracted Driving Technology Showcase.”