The numbers do not lie: 37,150 people in the US died due to distracted driving in 2017. But, unfortunately, it is not the worst part of the news. Researchers are discovering that there is no single cause to prevent distracted driving.
This means that there is no direct route to a solution that results in more and more deaths. At this time, the only thing that has proven to work is to spread awareness about distracted driving.
Another thing that experts are deciding to try is how to make the connectivity of smartphones with cars less attentive. Almost all new cars in the market facilitate the connection of the phone to your car.
It can transmit music, trace map directions and, in some cases, even order food, coffee, etc. This is diverting the attention of many drivers since drivers between 17 and 22 years spend at least 12% of their time behind the Wheel getting into their smartphones. Any percentage of time on your phone behind the wheel is too much time away from the road.
At one point, Apple demanded more attention from customers than the Android version when entering addresses and moving from one place to another. But, when it came to sending text messages to Android, it was much more of a distraction.
With all the new technology in cars, they see the cameras inwards. Some people do not agree with that for reasons of privacy, which is understandable to some extent, it is a basic right, in the eyes of most people. However, these cameras can help develop cars with the data they collect. In addition, it may be our answer to solve the epidemic of distracted driving.
Experts can analyze the data that cameras collected from daily crashes and driving habits to determine how to make the new technology in vehicles less cognitively demanding or even develop an algorithm to prevent inappropriate use while the vehicle it is moving.
But how much privacy are consumers willing to give up? To what part of your data are companies entitled? At this time, there is not much regulation, but it is likely to arrive soon, since all new cars will soon have this technology.
There must be some kind of compromise because when these data are used properly, advances may occur. For example, many of the traces incorporated in these cars can prevent crime. Many of the data provided can solve the mystery of crashes, including crashes by distracted driving and elicit ideas on how to prevent them. The results can save money on car insurance, medical bills and, most importantly, lives that are priceless.
However, ultimately, it depends on drivers to stop practicing distracted driving habits. Remember, distracted driving not only comes from a cell phone and car functions that take your eyes off the road. It also includes eating, drinking, makeup and more. We must put an end to reduce the number of accidents and victims.