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How car manufacturers are combating distracted driving

Kentucky residents may be interested in learning about the potential ramifications for automobile manufacturers if they add features to their vehicles to minimize distracted driving. Automobile manufacturers are exploring the use of software and artificial intelligence to address some of the issues connected to driving while distracted. These issues can include visual distractions that cause a driver to take their eyes off the road, manual distractions that lead to a driver taking their hands off of the wheel, and cognitive distractions that can interrupt a driver's focus.

The software that manufacturers are creating is designed to use real-time information gathered by cameras and other sensors to predict a driver's behavior. The automobile may be able to alert the driver about the potentially dangerous behavior they are engaging in and provide them with safety navigational commands. AI and visual AI are making it easier for automobile manufacturers to create an environment where they can identify new dangers caused by distracted driving and then provide the driver with specific alerts for that danger with the goal of reducing car accidents.

Part of the problem with the system could be drivers becoming too accustomed to the alerts to the point where the alerts become virtual white noise. This may be compared to what happens when a car alarm goes off in a busy area; people have become so accustomed to hearing car alarms that they don't react to them anymore. In order to combat this, automobile manufacturers may need to make dynamic alerts that would include things like changing the color of the dashboard in the car, fluctuating radio volume or turning off the radio so that the sound can be heard. The challenge this presents for automobile manufacturers is that if the combination of AI and alerting produces quantifiable results, the government may require them to include this system in all of the vehicles that they build.

Although people understand the dangers of driving distracted, many drivers still use their cellphone behind the wheel. If a person is the victim of an automobile accident caused by a distracted driver, they might benefit from talking to a personal injury attorney. The attorney may be able to help them get the resources needed to investigate the accident, determine liability and seek due compensation.

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