Could Technology Help End Distracted Driving?

Aug. 9th, 2016   /   , ,

Could Technology Help End Distracted Driving?

At first glance, it seems counter-intuitive: isn’t technology partially (if not almost exclusively) responsible for distracted driving in the first place? With drivers routinely checking, sending and receiving social medial posts, snaps, texts, and tweets, it appears as if technology is the culprit behind 3,000+ distracted driving-related deaths per year.

But after years of sobering marketing campaigns and upsetting ads intended to reduce distracted driving, as our Delray Beach personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Aronberg, Aronberg & Green know, we might be faced with a problem to which self-control is not a viable solution. Technological help might well be on the way.

According to CNN, there is already technology in the works to curb the amount of distracted driving on our roads today. For instance, a new product called “Groove” plugs into the car, below the steering wheel, connecting with your cell phone or smartphone device and transmitting a signal to the service provider letting them know you are driving. Once notified that the cell phone or smartphone user is driving, CNN writes, the service provider would be able to block emails, texts and social media updates and block you, the driver, from sending messages and/or posting to social medial. Our personal injury lawyers at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green know that this sort of technology essentially does automatically what you can do manually by placing your smartphone in “airplane mode.” The problem is, by and large, we don’t have the foresight, self-control or self-awareness to place our phones in airplane mode when we get behind the wheel of a vehicle. A product like Groove would take care of this automatically.

The technology works, too. When the car is turned off, all of the messages and posts flow in, similar to the way in which they do when you step off an airplane having been disconnected from the cellular world.

Another fascinating product also discussed in CNN’s article on technological ways to reduce distracted driving is called Drive ID. What makes this piece of technology so special is that, for a cost of $129, a solar-powered device is mounted to the windshield and can detect who is driving and who is not. Therefore, the product, by connecting to the phone of the driver, shuts off their phone and not the phone(s) of any passenger(s). As our Delray Beach personal injury lawyers know, the technology works by creating “zones” in the cars to distinguish between the phones that need to be blocked and those which do not.

These technological developments could make a real difference because distracted driving is a real problem. At any given time during the day in the United States, roughly 660,000 drivers are using their phones or manipulating electronic devices while they drive. Despite the previously-mentioned ad campaigns to reduce distracted driving, that number has not gone down since 2010.

If you have any questions about distracted driving (a clear form of negligence) or if you believe that you or someone you know has been injured due to the wrongdoing or negligence of another, please contact our personal injury lawyers at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green to schedule a free consultation. You can reach us by calling 561-266-9191 or by emailing us at daronberg@aronberglaw.com. We look forward to assisting you!

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