Guidelines for telematics devices are on horizon

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (autoalliance.org) is working to complete a draft of voluntary guidelines by the end of the year for in-vehicle information and communications systems.

The industry has drafted principles that cover things such as how devices should be installed and operated so they don't interfere with driving.

The guidelines recommend telematics devices should not:

  • Obstruct the driver's field of view, vehicle controls or displays.

  • Produce uncontrollable sound levels that can mask warnings from within the vehicle.

  • Require the use of more than one hand simultaneously.

  • Require the driver to make time-critical responses when entering information into them.

    In addition, the alliance wants all information that could distract drivers - such as scrolling images and text - to be disabled when the vehicle is in motion.

    And it wants the information presented in such a way that the driver cannot see it unless the vehicle is not in motion.

    Lastly, the industry wants to ensure that drivers are provided with adequate information about the devices in their vehicles. It wants instructions to be simple and straightforward, and specify if special skills are required to use the system.

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