Do driver warning systems decrease distractions and reduce accidents?
Hundreds of people die, and hundreds of thousands are injured as a result of distracted driving. In fact, data from 2014 shows that 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in reported distracted driving accidents.
Warning Systems that Focus on the Problem
As technology evolves and car manufacturers look to include advanced gadgetry into their newer models, the opportunity arises to include advanced collision warning systems. These systems can not only decrease accidents by cautioning drivers of impending issues, but by also urging drivers to pay attention to what is important.
Examples of vehicle warning systems include:
Collision warning systems. A collision warning system allows the vehicle to scan the road using radar beams, laser beams, cameras, or a combination of all three. If a scan determines that the vehicle is too close to an object, or is approaching an object too quickly, it will perform one of three actions (depending on the type of system). It will either warn the driver that he needs to brake for the impending obstacle, warn the driver that the vehicle needs to stop, then brake to avoid an impending collision, or automatically brake the vehicle when it senses an impending collision, without wasting time warning the driver first.
Cell phone locking systems. As cell phone distractions increase, the need to decrease driver cell phone use has become imperative. Researchers at the University of Utah have developed a system called Key2SafeDriving. This system connects a vehicle’s ignition to the Bluetooth in the driver’s phone. When the key is in the ignition, it will send a signal to the phone, preventing its use.
Driver fatigue monitoring systems. Fatigue monitoring systems can help drivers better understand and recognize when their focus (or lack thereof) is affecting their driving. Some systems use facial mapping to record eye movement, blinking, and focus. Other systems are being tested to alert drivers when they exhibit signs of distraction.
Addressing the Problem
Whether you rely on technology to keep you safe or the old-fashioned method of keeping your eyes on the road, Attorney Andrew Kim wants to be sure you are safe on the roads. Browse or other blog posts to find more safety tips.