Distracted driving has been associated with the increase in the rate of auto accidents across the nation.
Although the number of car accidents has been on the rise for the past 20 years, it had finally started to decline about ten years ago. Once cell phones were introduced, however, distractions began to push the number of traffic accidents back up.
According to experts, the use of cell phones is not the only thing that caused the rate of crashes to go up. Ever since the number of cars on the road multiplied, the number of accidents also went up, in spite of the automakers efforts to make sure that their vehicles are safer than they have ever been. Technology has made cars safer and, at the same time, less safe, due to the increase in the number of smartphone users nationwide.
According to official reports, data shows that 6,000 people die each year in auto accidents caused by distracted drivers.
Social media also plays an important part in the increase of the auto accidents, according to experts. Teens and young adults often fail to resist the temptation of checking Facebook, Twitter, and other websites on their phone while behind the wheel, increasing then the risk of an accident.
While many companies like Apple are betting on voice command technology to put an end to distracted driving, an action that might not be as productive as once thought, others are betting in other innovative features that would help to keep the driver from using his or her phone.
According to some experts, features that renders the phone useless while the car is in motion is the only viable solution – at least until drivers learn that only they are capable of avoiding distractions 100 percent of the time. Fortunately for many of us, this kind of device is already available, meaning that any of us may soon be using a feature that will jam our phone signal the minute your car begins to move.
The latest technology to offer this kind of service is known as Groove. Reports show that the product comprises of a small device that notifies the phone carrier when the user is on a moving vehicle, causing the signal to be cut off until the device sends another alert so that the system will restore the phone’s signal. The company behind this device believes that this technology could help several drivers to avoid accidents.
Other devices will also work with Groove. The company has claimed that electric devices could all have their signals turned off if the device is in use once the car begins to move.
While other similar devices are already available for the public, Groove is still in its prototype format. The company is currently looking for monetary support to start producing the device so it’s available at a consumer level.