Feds ask automakers to limit distractions
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released guidelines last week aimed at lessening the risks of distracted driving, recommending that automakers voluntarily limit the functions of electronic devices built into vehicles. The guidelines, which are not mandatory, include limiting the amount of time drivers have to take their eyes off the road to perform any task to two seconds at a time. The agency also wants automakers to make it impossible for drivers to use some electronic functions, such as text messaging, Internet browsing and video-based entertainment, unless the vehicle is stopped and in park. It could be a few years before any of the guidelines are adopted.
— New York Times News Service
Winston Churchill's rare car sold on eBay
A rare car once used by Britain's wartime leader Winston Churchill was sold on the auction site eBay this week for about $616,000. Experts believe the vintage Daimler DB 18 Drophead Coupe is the only one of its kind left. Germany-based seller Sabri Cakar says the U.K. prime minister used the car between 1944 and 1949. The car, which sold for 470,050 euros, has original registration documents that confirm its authenticity.
— The Associated Press