DISTRACTED DRIVERS SLOWED DOWN WITH ATTENTION POWERED CAR
But two companies in Australia have come up with a unique and innovative approach that tackles the problem in a very interesting way. What is their solution to slow down the rates of distracted driving? Slow down the distracted driver.
Recent reports announce that the companies have developed a car that runs on attention. The car’s accelerator is connected to a headset that is worn by the driver. The headset has a number of sensors that monitor brain activity, including eye movement, lapses in concentration and other indicators of distraction. When a driver is focused on the road, the can runs as it is supposed to and at speeds determined by the attentive driver.
However, once a person loses that focus and instead starts reading a text, entering information into a GPS device, playing with the radio, or looking away from the road for too long, the headset notes this and stops sending power to the acceleration pedal. This means that a distracted driver will be slowed to about 9 mph until he or she starts focusing back on the road.
Inattention is cited as a factor in many car accidents in Georgia and across the world and many of these crashes happen at a high rate of speed. The Attention Powered Car is an interesting development because it addresses the many sources of distraction, not just cellphone use. And by slowing the car down because a driver is not focused on the road, the technology also addresses the fact that speed and distraction can be a fatal combination.
The prototype of the Attention Powered Car will continue to be used to collect data and explore the efficacy of nontraditional solutions to the very widespread problem of distracted driving.