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New technology could detect a distracted driver

Regular readers of this blog are probably well aware of the dangers of distracted driving. Smart phones, GPS, or merely changing the radio or speaking with a passenger can take one's attention away from the road. When this happens, a motorist's driving ability is compromised. He or she may unintentionally speed, cross a center line, or fail to stop at a stop light. Far too often, these car accidents result in serious injuries to innocent individuals. But could modern technology curtail distracted driving and its dangers?

One tech firm hopes so. The firm eyeSight Technologies, based in Israel, has announced that it has created a new system that can analyze a driver's face to determine whether or not he or she is distracted while driving, or even tired while behind the wheel. The technology, which utilizes infrared monochrome sensors, detects a driver's head position, the location of his or her irises, and the openness of the motorist's eyelids.

The technology is meant to be built directly into the vehicle, allowing the vehicle to take appropriate action to improve safety. For example, if the sensors detect that a driver is drowsy, then the sensors may communicate that information to the vehicle, which then in turn could cause the vehicle to increase following distance. This would give a distracted or drowsy driver additional time to come slow down or stop before causing a car accident.

Although technological advances like this are blazing a trail toward safe driving, the fact of the matter is that distracted and drowsy driving will continue for the foreseeable future. Tragically, this means that innocent victims may be left with significant damages that they never expected, including physical pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. The good news, though, is that these individuals may be able to recover compensation for their losses so long as they can prove the negligence of another caused their harm.

Source: AutoGuide, "Could Facial Tracking Reduce Distracted Driving?" Craig Cole, Feb. 15, 2017

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