How Portable-Device Makers are Fighting Driving Distractions

As more car buyers demand connectivity, automakers can’t keep up with the latest consumer electronics.

Neither can the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which last week issued a new set of distraction guidelines. But for the first time, the federal agency is targeting the makers of portable devices — the very devices that tempt drivers from using a car’s onboard features.

The NHTSA guidelines were the first of three phases of voluntary recommendations from the agency. In addition to focusing on in-dash electronics, NHTSA plans to release two more studies

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