Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (HotMobile)


January 2011


Distracted driving is a major problem that leads to unnecessary accidents and human casualties everywhere in the world. The ubiquity of mobile phones is one cause of distracted driving. In United States alone, operating mobile phones while driving has been cited as a factor in crashes that have led to 995 deaths and 24,000 injuries in 2009. To mitigate the problem of distracted driving caused by mobile phones, we propose using context-awareness to implement burden-shifting, time-shifting, and activity-based sharing. Although the first two concepts have been introduced before in the research literature and the latter two are novel, none of these concepts have yet been explored in the context of mobile phones and driving. We present our initial interaction designs for these concepts on the Android platform.

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