• New Computer Software Can Detect Distracted Driving Behaviors
  • October 2, 2017
  • In effort to reduce the number of distracted driving-related accidents that occur around the globe, researchers have developed a computer algorithm that can determine when motorists are engaging in distracted driving activities such as talking on the phone or texting while driving. Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents in the United States. This new technology can have a significant impact on the number of motorists that are injured or killed in distracted driving-related accidents.

    The computer software will be able to detect when a driver is showing signs of distracted driving. Using cameras and artificial intelligence, the system will monitor behaviors like hand movements, and classify them in terms of potential safety threats. This information can be used to warn drivers that their distraction level is dangerous, which can help prevent serious car accidents and improve road safety. As this technology continues to be developed and perfected, signs of distracted driving can be used to initiate protective measures including semi-autonomous driving capabilities.

    The algorithms were tested using machine-learning techniques that could recognize distracted behaviors such as texting, talking on the phone, or reaching for something in the back seat of the vehicle. This software builds on existing research on drowsy driving and the dangers of falling asleep at the wheel. For example, frequent blinking was an indicator of drowsy driving. Signs of distracted driving included head and face positioning, which the software would be able to detect and measure. As researchers continue to develop this technology, the goal is to integrate detection, processing, and grading signs of driver distraction into one single system.

    Consequences of Distracted Driving
    Distracted driving caused 3,477 fatalities and an additional 391,000 injuries in the United States in 2015 alone. Whether a driver is texting, eating, changing the radio station, or talking to another passenger in the vehicle, these can all lead to dangerous distractions behind the wheel. When a driver’s attention is not focused on the road, even for a few seconds, it can have very serious consequences. For example, a driver taking his or her eyes off of the road for a mere five seconds while driving at a speed of 55 mph is equivalent to travelling the entire length of a football field while blindfolded. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 660,000 people use their cell phones while driving, and teen drivers are the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

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