At least there was not any hit and run here.
Montgomery, AL- Americans like their technology, but when it comes to technology in their cars they don’t want to be entertained, they want to be safe. Motorists want their vehicles to protect them from traffic accidents.
Instead of devices that help them keep track of their emails or text messages or synch their phones with their vehicles, motorists want accident prevention systems, rear-view cameras and enhanced mitigation systems, the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study found.
When asked about nearly 59 different technologies, the 5,000 participants of the survey preferred technologies aimed at keeping them safe such as automatic steering and braking systems. Kristin Kolodge, executive director of driver interaction at J.D. Power told USA Today that participants had “lukewarm interest in these technologies that connect your phone to your vehicle.”
Survey participants were also not as thrilled with wellness technologies such as seats that take blood pressure readings, or gadgets that improve aerodynamics or even navigation systems. Kolodge said motorists are more accepting of the idea of self-driving cars.
It’s a promising sign that motorists care more about safety than their smartphones since distraction accounts for nearly a third of fatal traffic accidents in the U.S. Even as car manufactures continue to improve on-board voice-accident devices that give motorists hands-free access to their smart phones and the internet.
Although these on-board devices are hands-free they aren’t as safe as motorists may think. A study from last year, conducted by AAA, found that on-board devices can just as distracting or more so than hand-held devices.
Researchers examine the brain waves of motorists while they were engaged in different activities and used a scale to rate the level of distraction. On that scale, activities like reading a book or listening to the radio or audio book while behind the wheel received a 1.75 and 1.21 rating, respectively. Cell phones, not surprisingly, rated higher with hand-held devices garnering a 2.45, and a hands-free phone receiving a 2.71. Even though on-board devices have been hailed as less-distracting, using these devices to send or receive a text or email earned a 3.07 on the rating scale.
With all the cognitive distractions presented to motorists, and the risky behaviors they engage in, it’s reassuring that we could see broader usage of collision avoidance technologies in the future. We are going to need them.
When a driver takes their eyes off the road, even if it is only for mere seconds, they are drastically increasing their chances of causing a deadly or injurious accident. If you have been the victim of a distracted driver, USAttorneys can connect you with an Alabama accident attorney to assist you with your injury claim.
Accident victims who have a personal injury attorney on their side greatly increase their chances of being victorious and obtaining a just settlement for their injuries or untimely loss. Before speaking to anyone about your accident, you are urged to contact an accident attorney in Montgomery to build a successful injury claim.

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