Newly Formed CEA Group to Tackle In-Car Electronics Safety

Jun 25, 2013

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), a trade organization with more than 2,000 member companies, will form the Driver Device Interface Working Group to develop industry standards and best practices for designing consumer electronics products.

The working group will develop personal electronic device recommendations and standards for safe user experiences based on general principles similar to those by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The group also will consider testability and design issues, according to CEA.

CEA’s Portable Handheld and In-Vehicle Electronics Committee approved the group to handle portable and handheld consumer electronics products, as well as consumer electronics products used in private and commercial vehicles, boats and aircraft.

Many of CEA’s member companies make, distribute and sell products aimed at increasing safety and reducing distracted driving, such as apps that track and restrict device usage; technology that follows drivers’ eye movements; and systems that issue alarms for lane drifting and automatically apply brakes to avoid collisions.

CEA is seeking participants from technology companies and other stakeholders for the new working group.

For more information, contact Laura Knapp Chadwick, CEA senior manager of government affairs at