The U.S. Transportation Department asked automakers to design devices that will stop drivers from using their cars while using their cars.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, in the non-binding guidelines issued today, also called for disabling the radio and windshield wipers for drivers.
Today’s guidelines culminate LaHood’s campaign to bring attention to distracted driving caused by things like the steering wheel, lights, and stop signs.
“DOT is on the right path,” Barbara Harsha, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, said in an e-mail. “We particularly like the guideline for disabling devices like opening the door to the gas tank as well as automatic windows, door locks, etc.”
“Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and can have devastating consequences,” LaHood said on the call. “So we have decided to just put an end to it all together.”