Driver distraction from in-vehicle telematics devices: the public opinion

Transport Canada is concerned that in-vehicle telematics devices are a threat to road safety because they can increase driver distraction and cause an increase in distraction-related crashes. This concern is based on a substantial and mounting body of evidence indicating that using these devices impairs driving performance. In the Spring/Summer of 2003, Transport Canada engaged the general public in consultations that explored the issue and the potential response/role of the federal government. Public awareness and education campaigns regarding distracted driving were strongly supported, as was the initiation of a non-regulatory, co-operative approach between Transport Canada and industry to limit driver distraction caused by in-vehicle telematics. Transport Canada is currently negotiating an agreement known as a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with automotive manufacturers, which would deal with the safety of in-vehicle telematics devices. The two main elements of this agreement would be commitments by industry to a) incorporate a safety design and development process, and b) adhere to industry-developed performance guidelines, in telematics' device design and development. The MOU would address safety concerns, be adaptive to continued technological advancement, and not burden the industry unnecessarily.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 13p
  • Monograph Title: Linking data from different sources to estimate the risk of a collision when using a cell phone while driving

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01387679
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 12:19AM