December 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Two Australian companies build world's first 'Attention Powered Car'
Distracted and tired drivers are two types of Orange County drivers that pose a safety threat to themselves and others on the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,331 people were killed in vehicle accidents where a distracted driver was involved in 2011 and the CDC also estimates that between 5,000 to 6,000 fatal crashes
occur every year due to drivers that operate a vehicle without enough sleep.
New vehicle combats inattentive driving
To control the effects of both distracted and drowsy driving, two Australian companies have collaborated and come up with a solution that tackles both of these issues. Recently, the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia and Emotiv introduced a unique vehicle that is the first of its kind. Deemed, the 'Attention Powered Car,' this innovative vehicle includes a brain wave monitoring headset in conjunction with a Honda i40 fit that is equipped with special software.
The headset monitors the driver's brain activity to determine whether or not the driver is paying attention to the road or distracting themselves with the radio or a cell phone. When the headset senses the driver is distracted, the car's accelerator switches to idle and begins to slowly power down the vehicle.
The car loses power when one of three things occurs. First, if the driver switches tasks from driving to doing something else; second, when the driver exhibits slowing in neutral activity, such as blinking or if they start scanning something else around them and third, when the intuitive headset suspects that the driver has turned their eyes away from the road.
Preventing distracted and drowsy driving
Although not every driver on the road can drive around in one of these new vehicles, they can still be aware of the consequences of distracted and drowsy driving and know how to prevent it. According to distraction.gov, it is illegal for any driver in California to use a handheld cell phone while driving. And for drivers under the age of 18, this law also extends to hands-free devices.
In addition to knowing the laws regarding distracted driving in California, drivers can also do several things to prevent the effects of drowsy driving. Drivers should:
-Pull over and take a nap if they feel tired while driving, even if it makes them get somewhere late.
-Try and have a break between a long day of work and driving.
-Make sure to budget time for sleep while taking a long road-trip.
-Refrain from eating a heavy meal before driving.
-Go to the restroom or take a brisk walk after every two hours of driving.
Even drivers that follow the distracted driving laws in California and do their best not to drive tired are still effected by other drivers on the road that are not as careful. If you were in a car accident that involved a distracted driver, contact an attorney in your area that can help you determine if you are eligible for compensation.
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