VVN wants politically safe driving app mandates for smartphones




Safe Traffic Netherlands urges politicians that the Netherlands smartphones sold have required an app on board off many features of the phone when the user is driving. That app must also standard on and difficult to take out.

The app needs to reduce the number of crashes due to smartphone usage in the car, writes VVN on the site. “We call on MPs to proceed with legislation to add an app every selling smartphone which achieves this. This is our opinion, in combination with positive behavioral campaigns mean a boost to road users in achieving of a safer ride. ”

Last week, developer Apptuning an update to its Android app Drive Safely Keep Focused released, which offers such a feature. The update replaced the developer ads in the app with logos of VVN. The app disables many functions of the smartphone while driving, such as notifications of chat apps like WhatsApp. Users remain accessible and functioning navigation. For passengers and public transport users there is an escape button in the app, so that the device continues to function normally.

Spokesman Rob Stomphorst VVN tells Tweakers that not only such app should be on smartphones, as well as standard must be enabled mandatory. “And he should bother to turn off or remove its course.” Nevertheless, the app is not the only solution. “If other parties come up with a better solution can reduce the number of accidents caused by smartphone usage in traffic, we hear them too much.”

So far the government has conducted especially campaigns to encourage safe driving, including advertising on radio and television and billboards along the way. It is unknown how many accidents in traffic are the result of the use of smart phones. That is afterwards difficult to ascertain. Traffic SWOV research firm estimates that the use of smartphones in circulation in the Netherlands leads to between ten and a hundred deaths per year.

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Do you think that smartphones are obliged to have a hard time switching from app to encourage safe driving?

Yes, every fatality is one too many and this can help

It is a good idea, but that it is obligatory, seems to me nothing

I’m missing the idea, but I do not WhatsApp messages …

No, to survey the number of traffic accidents, this is too drastic (many people never drive after all itself)

Will the government will soon require bloatware on my next phone?
Yeah bye!
Total votes: 532. Participation closes on 04-08-2016 11:05.


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