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Will New Technology Introduced by Carmakers Really Limit Inattentive Driving?

August 24, 2015

With the way we communicate today, it is difficult to ignore that "ding" of your phone when a text message arrives, or your favorite song playing when a friend or family member calls. In a way, it is great that people want to be connected. However, like most things in life, being connected all the time can be dangerous under certain circumstances. It is well-known today that distracted driving can be deadly, and has in fact cost many lives in Georgia and other states. You only need to read or watch the news to see that people are still texting and talking while driving.

Is There a Solution to the Problem?

Given that automobile accidents are happening left and right due to texting while driving, some carmakers are looking for new solutions to the problem. Carmakers have recognized that it may be difficult if not impossible to completely stop texting while driving. As such, these carmakers have introduced new technologies to help drivers stay connected in as safe a way as possible, according to the Huffington Post.

For example, one technology includes a system that will automatically generate texts when the driver speaks, sending the text message on its own for the driver. Such a system would also allow incoming texts to be read aloud for the driver to hear. The idea is that the driver can keep his or her eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel as opposed to looking at a phone to read and/or send a text message.

One system that some carmakers are working on will automatically recognize when a driver takes his or her eyes off the roadway, notifying the driver that he or she is not paying attention. Another technology allows parents to block phone calls and texts while their teens are driving. These are just a few of many new technologies carmakers believe are the answer, at least for now, to reduce the risk that an accident will result from distracted driving.

Will this New Technology Work?

It is too early to know for sure how effective new technologies will be, as they have not yet been implemented across all vehicles, and some technologies are still in the development stage at this point. It is important to keep in mind that even if these new technologies do eventually help to reduce accidents caused by distracted driving, such accidents may continue to occur for a number of reasons, and innocent individuals can be severely injured or tragically killed. In such cases, injured victims should seek recovery for physical and mental pain they suffered through no fault of their own.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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