CEA Opposes CTIA Support of Plan to Ban Mobile Devices While Driving

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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has spoken out against CTIA’s promotion of the development of new products and services that disable a driver’s mobile device.

Michael Petricone, CEA’s senior vice preisdent, spoke up about the company’s stance against the CTIA. “CEA must disagree with the NTSB’s broad recommendation calling for a ban on the nonemergency use of portable electronics devices by all drivers,” Petricone said.CEA

Overall, he felt that such a ban would be unreasonable and not needed. “There is no real-world evidence to support such a blanket prohibition unless one would also ban other potential distractions, such as eating, drinking, applying make-up and engaging with children while in the vehicle,” Petricone said.

CTIA – The Wireless Association made an announcement late last year bringing up concern over driver’s safety, more specifically when it comes to using a cellular device while driving. The group was promoting the industry to develop new products and services to disable a driver’s mobile device.

The groups behind CTIA sent out a statement in December saying that they have historically supported a ban on texting while driving and have remained focused on educating consumers about their responsibilities while driving.

“We have always encouraged the industry to continue to develop new technology-based tools and offerings that are affordable and consumer-friendly that would create safer driving,” CTIA said. “The industry constantly produces new products and services, including those that can disable the driver’s mobile device.”

Source: CTIA / Dealerscope

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