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2 of 3 Aussie drivers will accept applications for smart phones that block writing while driving – Xinhua

Two of the three Aussie drivers would accept voluntary applications that restrict the use of mobile phones while driving, a new study showed on Tuesday.

The Kueensland University Center for Research on Accident and Road Safety has examined 712 drivers across the country to find that 68 percent of drivers want to use such an application, which could block the sending of text messages, Internet browsing and e-mail.

"The use of mobile phones has been so entrenched in our society that it is an extremely difficult task to completely stop people from using their phones while driving," said Dr Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios, PhD.

"Police crash reports in the United States estimate that phone interference contributes to 18 percent of all fatal collisions," he said.

"The use of volunteer applications that limit some of the features of the phone appears as a practical new countermeasure for restricting driving disruption," he added.

Although most drivers were willing to support the introduction of such technology, research has shown that drivers still want the ability to call without hands and listen to Bluetooth music.

"In order for applications to be accepted, it's important to keep hands-free calls and music functions while still limiting the most dangerous actions – they actually touch the phone by text, email and scroll," Oviedo-Trespalacios said.

"I would also like to opt-out, instead of turning on, for pre-installed security applications for drivers on phones, as this would encourage greater use," he said.

Although the number of mobile phone blocking applications already exists, the study also found that among the population, knowledge and use of these technologies remains low.

Although Oviedo-Trespalacios recognizes that more work needs to be done to increase public awareness and acceptance, "the good news is that when drivers learned about these applications, there was a willingness to use them," he said.

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