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NHTSA Takes Lead in Addressing Driver Distraction
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be holding two public events that focus on the potential safety implications associated with driver distraction while using advanced in-vehicle technologies. The first event is an international Internet Forum which is expected to begin on July 5, 2000 and end August 11, 2000. According to the NHTSA's description, "the Forum will provide an opportunity for technical experts as well as the general public to download technical papers, relate their experiences regarding the use of in-vehicle devices and their impact on safety in general and driving performance in particular, and participate in exchange of views on related technical issues."
The NHTSA will also hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 18, 2000. According to the NHTSA's description, "representatives of the public, industry, government, and safety groups are invited to share viewpoints, information, and recommendations regarding strategies to minimize potential adverse effects to driver distraction on safety when using such telematic devices. In particular, the NHTSA is interested in hearing about different technologies and devices being proposed for use in vehicles which may have a bearing on safe driving, viewpoints regarding the roles of various entities in promoting best practices in the design of those devices and their use, approaches for evaluating the safety impacts of such systems, and what new research and other safety initiatives are needed."
The NHTSA further mentions that it would like to use the information from these two meetings to form the basis for discussions at a Technical Workshop of invited researchers and technology developers to be scheduled at a later date.
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