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August/September 2018  Volume 16, Number 4        

Does Technology Have a Solution for Distracted Driving?

Some experts think technology offers the best solutions for reducing distracted driving.

Cell phone blocking: Blocking apps can keep people from using their cellphones while driving. These apps can be downloaded and activated to the cellphone or installed in vehicles as a "geofence" or virtual barrier around drivers, preventing them from sending or receiving transmissions. Many providers permit certain white-listed incoming phone numbers and will allow the driver to make an outgoing call in an emergency.

Telematics: GPS can provide real-time information about a vehicle's location and rate of speed, and even whether drivers are using a seat belt.

On board cameras or car "black boxes": Some units, called dash cams, record drivers ("cabin view") as well as the front view of the road ahead and can be useful in a variety of ways.

The recorded video can be used to monitor driving habits, including ensuring that drivers refrain from cellphone use, as well as providing evidence in the event of a traffic accident.

Eye-tracking software: Car companies such as Audi have been developing ways to mitigate driving without awareness (DWA), or subconscious driving with little or no conscious attention paid to the surrounding traffic.

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