2 out of 3 Aussie drivers to embrace smartphone apps that block texting while driving – Xinhua | English.news.cn

SYDNEY, May 21 (Xinhua) — Two out of three Aussie motorists would embrace voluntary apps that restrict the use of mobile phones while driving, a new study on Tuesday has shown. “Police crash reports in the United States have estimated that phone distraction contributes to 18 percent of all fatal crashes,” he said. “Using voluntary apps that restrict some phone functions is emerging as a practical new countermeasure to limit distracted driving,” he added. “For the apps to gain acceptance, it’s important that they retain hands-free calling and music functions, while still limiting the most dangerous actions – actually touching the phone to text, email and scroll,” Oviedo-Trespalacios said. While a number of mobile phone blocking apps do already exist, the study also found that among the population, the familiarity and use of these technologies remains low.

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