The water balloon theory of driver distraction...

09.29.2010

Remember that summer pastime of filling balloons with water and then tossing them at each other to keep cool on hot afternoons. One thing about a water balloon, if you push on one side, it will squish out somewhere else until it bursts. Countermeasures to address driver distraction often act like ...

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What happens when technology fails us?

09.27.2010

If you think technology will deliver us from driver distraction, just watch this video of a Volvo crash test! The pedestrian avoidance system was designed by Volvo to detect and avoid hitting a pedestrian thereby improving pedestrian safety. In the video, 1 out of 4 tests resulted on a system fail...

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Greetings from the National Distracted Driving Summit

09.23.2010

I just returned from the National Distracted Driving Summit in Washington DC.  Here is my take on things. Driver distraction is certainly on the radar of the federal government.  Both Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis gave presentations and this year Secreta...

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Yikes! Social networking behind the wheel.

09.11.2010

A story in the Seattle Times on September 8th indicates that GM is working on updates to their OnStar system that would allow the driver to update their status on Facebook as well as listen to Facebook messages.  The system would also read text messages and let the driver reply using one of four pr...

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