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An operating system of a computing device (e.g., a smartphone, mobile phone, a tablet computer, a laptop computer, a wearable device, etc.) may limit various features of the computing device based on the location of the computing device within a vehicle (e.g., an automobile, a motorcycle, a bus, a recreational vehicle (RV), a semi-trailer truck, a tractor or other type of farm equipment, train, a plane, a boat, a helicopter, a personal transport vehicle, etc.). In some examples, the computing device may use ultra-wideband technology to perform device localization and in turn distinguish between being located in the driver’s area (e.g., the driver’s seat, the dashboard, etc.) of the vehicle and other areas (e.g., a passenger’s area, which may include a passenger’s seat) of the vehicle. If the computing device is located within the driver’s area of the vehicle (which may indicate that if a user is using the computing device, the user is the driver), the computing device may limit the ability of the user to use certain functionality of the computing device by operating in a limited functionality mode. For instance, the computing device may permit access to some applications (e.g., navigation applications, ridesharing applications, music streaming applications, etc.) but limit or prevent access to and/or usage of others (e.g., text messaging applications, video streaming services, social media applications, etc.).

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