Could Technology Solve the Same Distracted Driving Problems It Causes?
It is not a secret that the latest apps and electronic innovations in our cars has increased the number of both car accidents and fatal car accidents. Government agencies across the country have taken steps to try and prevent these distracted driving accidents. While some programs have had more success than others, those in the technology field are now saying that a new type of technology could actually be the answer to the distractions that other technologies cause.
Keep reading to learn more about this latest technology and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you have been involved in a car accident. We are here to offer a free legal consultation so that you can learn how to move on with your life.
A device called Grove may be making a difference
There are many new technologies being made that are designed to address the issue of distracted driving. For example, there is a device called Grove that can be installed in vehicles. When the driver gets into their vehicle, they plug their phone into Grove. That device is connected to the cloud and it alerts the mobile provider of said driver that their user is driving. All social media updates, emails, texts, etc. are blocked by the phone provider until the driver disconnects their device from the Grove program.
The person who invented Grove is hoping that this device can save lives and prevent car accidents. Some drivers do not need to invest in Grove because their mobile provider may offer a similar app. For example, Verizon has “Safely Go” that holds calls and texts, and also prevents drivers from sending texts. Sprint has Driver First and AT&T has Drivemode.
One survey presents encouraging evidence
You may be wondering if this technology would even make a difference, but evidence demonstrates that it would. In fact, the National Safety Council completed in a survey that found that most drivers would not remove anti-distraction technologies if they were pre-installed in either their phones or their cars.
The survey included 2,400 drivers, 55% of whom said they would let the safety measures run. Another 23% said they would deactivate this technology. The technologies they were questioned about included an autoreply feature that automatically sends a message when a person calls or texts, to inform the sender or caller that the person is driving and cannot be reached.
Is this the answer to the increase in distracted driving and serious car accidents? In the opinion of Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, there are numerous factors that need to be addressed to lower the rise in accidents and deaths. However, combating distracted driving is a step in the right direction. We also believe that holding drivers accountable is an important part of the puzzle and that is what we are here to help with. If you have been injured in an accident, reach out to Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.