New states are beginning to use an automated door guideline system to guide drivers to an emergency.
The federal government said Thursday that some states are now using the automated door rule, which will apply to vehicles starting in 2018.
Automated door guidelines will be phased in over the next several years, with states being able to roll out the system in stages to adjust to changing traffic conditions.
The new system allows motorists to select a destination on their phone, and then enter their destination into an app.
The app then takes that information and makes a list of destinations, allowing drivers to make a phone call or text and then select their destination on the phone.
The U.S. government said that the system is used to help people avoid hitting other vehicles and pedestrians in their path, and to ensure people aren’t distracted.
It will also help the Department of Homeland Security better manage the influx of refugees who are arriving in the United States, the agency said.
A person can choose to receive a notification from the government stating the automated rule is in effect, or it can be triggered automatically if someone else is traveling in the same vehicle.
The Federal Highway Administration said that once the rule is implemented, people can choose whether they want to use the system or not.