Updated 9:00 PM ET, Thu August 4, 2016
Original Article Published on CNN.com
A number of technologies have been developed to try to eliminate potential distractions from our smartphones. And drivers, at least according to a recent survey, seem receptive to the idea.
In the survey sponsored by the National Safety Council
, 2,400 drivers from across the country were asked what they would do if their car or mobile device came pre-set with technological solutions to block some outgoing and incoming communications distractions. Fifty-five percent of drivers said they would leave those technologies
(PDF) in place to avoid being distracted. Only 23% of drivers said they would deactivate the technologies.
‘A disease and a vaccine’
“It’s the perfect problem for a technological solution,” said former space engineer and serial entrepreneur Scott Tibbitts
of Boulder, Colorado. “It’s like a disease and a vaccine.”
Tibbitts is on a mission to try to bring an end to distracted driving. In 2008, after arriving for a business meeting, he learned that the person he was to meet with, the vice president of an engineering company, a husband and father of two, had been killed only hours earlier by a driver who was allegedly texting.