Feeds

Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

Volkswagen absolved as crash investigation calls for cars to go off the grid

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

New hybrid storage solutions

The Coroner in the Australian State of Victoria has suggested that cars should include kit that makes it impossible to use a mobile phone.

The recommendation comes in findings about the death of Melbourne woman Melissa Ann Ryan in December 2011. Ryan's car was hit from behind by a truck, the driver of which said he did not see brake lights come on.

Ryan's death led Volkswagen, the manufacturer of the car she was driving at the time, to recall 25,000 vehicles, as other drivers had also experienced unexplained deceleration.

Victorian Coroner Heather Spooner has now found (PDF) Ms Ryan's car probably slowed because she was distracted by the phone call she was conducting at the time of the accident.

Spooner's recommendations include a suggestion that “the development of in-vehicle technologies to prevent drivers from using a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle should be the subject of further research.” Such technology, Spooner argues, would reduce the number of accidents on the roads and save Police time.

The suggestion is just that: there's no framework for a Coroner's recommendation to become law without a great deal more work by all sorts of folks.

Yet as the findings note, evidence suggests that talking on the phone while driving, even in a hands-free rig, is as distracting as talking with the phone in hand. Spooner relied on data from The British Medical Journal to make that statement, showing that it's not just Victoria and Australia where the dangers of phones in cars are being considered. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC
And ISPs should nab 'em on our behalf
Former Bitcoin Foundation chair pleads guilty to money-laundering charge
Charlie Shrem plea deal could still get him five YEARS in chokey
NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies
Crackdown on tardy diplomatic sysadmins providing accidental unfiltered internet access
'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin
Report 'fails reality test' , is 'simply wrong' and offers ''convenient' justification for FTTN says Rod Tucker
FAIL.GOV – Government asks Dropbox for accounts that don't exist
Storage locker's transparency report shows rise in government data gobble attempts
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.