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General Motors exploring distracted driving technology


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Sep 04, 2014 in Car Accidents

Improvements to automobile safety are nothing new. Automakers are seemingly always introducing new safety features designed to either prevent crashes or minimize the outcome of a crash. General Motors is not an exception. It is currently working on technology that identifies a driver engaging in distracted behaviors.

More specifically, the technology uses cameras to determine where a driver is looking and for how long. With that information, algorithms are used to determine if the driver is distracted or fatigued. In cases where that is deemed to be the case drivers are encouraged to stop engaging in the distracted behavior or pull over.

The use of this type of technology is not groundbreaking. It is currently used in mining and trucking settings and luxury car makers Lexus and Mercedes-Benz each have their own versions.

While the use of the technology might one day dramatically reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents that occur, at least initially its use would be voluntary. There are issues that need to be addressed such as privacy. This could pose a particular problem as it appears that we are trending toward a time when all vehicles will communicate with each other. Information shared could include direction, speed and even whether another driver is distracted or tired.

In the meantime when people are injured in car accidents they may want to contact a personal injury lawyer. That individual can help determine whether it may be possible to recover financial compensation for their injuries. Depending on the severity of the accident and injuries financial help can be of great assistance.

Source: Wired.com, "Your Next Chevy May Watch You Watching the Road," Jordan Golson, September 3, 2014