New Technologies to Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents
Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 24-Jan-2012
Most people may think the last thing Americans need in their cars is yet another electronic gadget. After all, the issue of distracted driving came to the forefront of national attention as the result of technologies like smartphones and GPS devices that take drivers’ attention away from the road. These new devices, however, actually aim to keep drivers focused, and prevent motor vehicle accidents.
There are now a variety of gadgets and applications that serve to detect and block phone calls and text messages while a vehicle is in motion. Some technologies like Trinity-Noble’s Guardian Angel have sensors which lock a phone and prevent a driver from using it when a vehicle is going above a certain speed.
Other devices, like Key2SafeDriving and Cellcontrol, actually connect or integrate with a vehicle’s onboard electronic systems. These technologies then turn off phones when a vehicle is in motion. Cellcontrol costs $7.95 per month which covers up to six phones.
These gadgets have been especially popular among parents who are worried about their teens talking on the phone or texting while driving. Managers of corporate fleets are also fans of the new devices, particularly after a federal regulation went into effect on January 1st that bans commercial bus and truck drivers from dialing or even reaching for their phones while operating the vehicle.
Motorists should keep in mind, however, that you don’t really even need these new technologies. By simply turning your phone off when you enter the car you reduce your risk of being involved in a distracted driving accident.
Source: USA Today; Technology tackles teen drivers’ phone distractions, Larry Copeland, January 2012
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