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Reducing distracted driving using artificial intelligence

Drivers in New Jersey are likely interested in learning about efforts that are being made to improve distracted driving. Unfortunately, about nine deaths in the United States are related to individuals being distracted while behind the wheel. Many feel that it is good news to know that Advanced Driver Assistance Systems will have to be included in all new vehicles by the end of 2020 in the United States and Europe, including forward collision warning systems and autonomous emergency braking systems.

Most people know that driving while distracted is dangerous. However, changing the radio station, sending text messages, playing with pets, eating while driving and experiencing other distractions cost society in the United States around $40 million every year. One study from 2016 revealed that about 50% of drivers admitted to reading text messages, sending text messages or using their phone to look at social media while driving.

Artificial intelligence is being tested to deal with visual distractions, manual distractions and cognitive distractions. Software algorithms may be able to help with these things by using imaging processing and input that is received from sensors inside of the vehicle. The algorithms can predict human behavior and then set off alerts in order to help a distracted driver.

Researchers and engineers are also working to stop drivers from becoming too conditioned to the sound of these alerts. They may use a combination of alerts, change the volume of the radio, change the color of the dashboard and incorporate other means to alert drivers to danger.

Over 100 people are injured in the United States every day because of distracted driving. Individuals who are the victims of personal injury caused by a negligent or reckless driver may wish to speak with an attorney. An attorney may be able to provide information about compensation due to a car accident victim and represent a client in court.