Technology solutions for distracted driving

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Distracted driving isn’t something to mess around with. Many people don’t realize that distracted driving is almost just as bad as drunk driving. Zendrive did the largest distracted driving behavior study about drivers who used their phones while driving. The study analyzed data from 3.1-million drivers who took 570-million trips and covered 5.6-billion miles between December 2016 and February 2017. Their findings showed that drivers used their phones for 88% of the 570-million trips—basically, there are “105 opportunities an hour that you could nearly kill yourself and/or others.” While this is a scary number, it’s important to realize that texting while driving isn’t the only type of distracted driving.

With all of this research and much more data coming out each day, people are slowly recognizing the need for different distracted driving technology solutions.

Distracted Driving Technology Solutions

  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)

More and more cars have AEB. If the system senses a potential collision, and the driver doesn’t react quickly enough, the car automatically engages the brakes.

  • Forward-Collision Warning (FCW)

Similar to AEB and often paired with it, Forward-Collision Warning provides an audible, visual, and/or tactile alert to warn drivers of an impending collision.

  • Lane-Departure Warning (LDW)

This system warns drivers when their car crosses lane markings without using a turn signal. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that ”if all passenger vehicles had been equipped with lane departure warning, nearly 85,000 police-reported crashes and more than 55,000 injuries would have been prevented in 2015.”

This is a free app that activates once your car reaches 15 mph. It blocks text alerts and sends automatic replies. It also prohibits drivers from sending text messages and directs all incoming calls to voicemail.

Do Not Disturb While Driving blocks notifications of incoming calls and texts when your iPhone senses driving motion or is connected to your car via Bluetooth.

This app allows parents to track their teen’s in-car phone usage. Parents can get an immediate notification if their teen is texting or using any social media while the car is in motion.

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