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Video shows trucker was using his phone right before driving off a bridge

The Florida Highway Patrol released a video this week showing a truck driver looking at his phone moments before he drove his truck off a highway overpass.

Trucker with two phones may be the most distracted driver we've ever seen

A truck driver in England was caught on camera using two cell phones while driving with his forearm.

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Cell phones distracting pilots as well as drivers

NTSB Warns Pilots Device Distraction Could Lead To Mid-Air Collisions

Distractions aren't just for drivers. The National Transportation Safety Board issued a warning to pilots last week that said the presence of technology, such as cell phones and tablets, in the cockpit could lead to mid-air collisions.

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Apple Maps may offer route based on cell signal strength

Apple has patented a system to select a navigation route based on the cellular network signal strength along the way.

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Hyundai files patent for smartphone feature disabler in proximity to steering wheel

Hyundai has a patent for a way to disable smartphone features, like calls and texting, by using specific software and antennas inside the vehicle. It can even limit these restrictions simple to the area around the driver's seat.

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Distractions responsible for nearly 6 in 10 teen-driving car accidents

Cell-Phone Use And Passengers Are Top Crash Factors, Says AAA

Distracted driving is a far more significant cause of teen-driving accidents than previously realized, according to new research.

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11-year-old Arkansas girl pays cabbie $1,300 to drive her to Florida boy

An 11-year-old girl from Arkansas is back at home after stealing $1,300 from her grandmother and taking a long-distance cab ride to meet a boy in Florida. Catching her wasn't too difficult, though. After her parents reported the girl missing, police found calls to the boy and the taxi company in her cell phone records, and they caught up to the vehicle in Georgia.

Cellphone Bans Don't Reduce Accidents, Research Finds

Thirteen states, the District of Columbia and several US territories have hand-held cellphone bans

Recent studies have found banning cellphone use while behind the wheel is not leading to a decrease in accidents.

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Verizon's Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi now on sale for $250

Partnering with Verizon Wireless, Delphi Automotive has released its Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi product that allows drivers to to locate, track, secure, access and monitor their vehicle using a smartphone, computer or tablet. Touted as a first-in-class product, it works with most vehicles newer than the 1996 model year.

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Navsop working on coin-sized GPS rival that navigates using wifi and TV signals

A British company is working on a new navigation system that doesn't rely on GPS satellites to track your location. BAE has created Navsop, a device that picks up errant cell phone, radio and television signals to deduce your coordinates, which means it can be used in locations where traditional GPS can't. For example, Zach Bowman

A Cautionary Tale For Drivers Seeking To Stay Connected

New York Reminds Drivers Cell Phone Use Illegal; Laws Vary State By State

In case you're enamored with using your handheld devices while driving, or automotive connectivity in general, here's a cautionary reminder that, depending on your location, it may be illegal to use it.

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IIHS contends cell phone bans not effective for curbing accidents

It just makes sense. Cell phone usage causes accidents, so state governments and the National Transportation Safety Board should ban phone usage while driving, right? Not so, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. CNN Money reports that studies by IIHS show that phones may not be the issue.

How researchers can shut down your phone while you're driving

With every state looking to enact (or having already passed) legislation that makes it illegal to operate a mobile phone while behind the wheel, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology and Rutgers in New Jersey are taking it one massive step further.

It's Labor Day, so... Mobiado and Aston Martin team up for The Grand 350 luxury phone

You may recall back in March a luxury phone designer out of Vancouver called Mobiado collaborated with Aston Martin on a concept device that featured a clear panel, all the gadgetry in the frame and keyless entry for Aston's GTs. That was unfortunately just a design study that, while intriguing, was never bound for production. Bu

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House introduces bill calling for ban on holding phones while driving

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that legislation introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives may ban drivers from even holding a cell phone while behind the wheel. The Safe Drivers Act of 2011, introduced by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY, aims to prevent all drivers from holding any mobile device while operating a vehicle by directing the Zach Bowman

Report: LaHood pushes for total phone ban among truck and bus drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking into a full-on mobile phone ban for commercial drivers while behind the wheel as part of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's initiative to curb distracted driving. According to Reuters, the move would further impact the four million drivers who are already forbidden from texting while driving.

Survey: 9 out of 10 say phoning while driving should be illegal - half do it themselves

We all know that driving while talking on the cell phone is a distraction. Even if you say you're a good driver with superior multi-tasking skills, blabbing on a phone while piloting a two-ton automobile is a quick way to show that you are in fact not smarter than a fifth grader. Don't let Jeff Foxworthy and his band of miscreants shame you, though... nearly all of us have

Study: Adults admit to texting while driving more than teens

A poll by Pew Internet, part of the Pew Research Center, has found that 27% of American adults admit to texting while driving. If the teenagers who answered the poll were all telling the truth, that means that more adults are guilty of TWD than teens, who came in at 26%. Even more damning for the Do As I Say, Not As I Do crowd: 44% percent of adults claimed to have been riding with drivers who became dangerous while using cell phones, and 17% of drivers admitted to hitting something or someone w

LaHood launches first federally funded distracted driving crackdown campaigns in CT and NY [w/video]

The NHTSA is combatting distracted driving – Click above to watch the video

New smartphone app automatically cuts usage when driving

If you're truly worried about your teenager and what he or she might get into – or plow into – using a cellphone while driving, then perhaps you might find Cell Cease of interest. If your teen's phone runs on Windows Mobile and has GPS, Cell Cease will block the ability to make and receive most phone calls if it detects the phone is moving more than 5 miles per hour. Only 911 calls and an allowed numbers list will be able to get through otherwise.

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