New Technology Will Address Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving while distracted or driving while impaired. Many drivers do not take this seriously enough, and whether it’s driving drowsy on your morning commute or choosing to get in the car after a long day and night out, experts are suggesting that many drivers do not feel impaired if they are feeling tired behind the wheel.

There’s a new technology under development that’s going to prevent accidents which are caused by driving drowsy. There are a series of auto safety technologies introduced in vehicles the past few years that have improved safety. Items like lane assist, lane departure warnings, collision detection, and more have helped drivers with staying alert behind the wheel. Volvo is taking things to a new level with a driver alert control system.

The latest Volvo system uses a series of LED lights that monitor the driver’s face for the signs of drowsiness. A smart steering wheel is designed to monitor heart rate and driver activity levels. A new Bluetooth headset is also in development to monitor body movements from the driver.

All of these technologies need to be subjected to ongoing testing, but these tools together could improve safety. Lane departure warning assistance has reduced the risk of drivers in modern vehicles leaving the roadway by up to 40%.

Although this technology represents a promising future for roadways across Florida, it’s still essential for drivers to do their part. If you are feeling fatigued, don’t get behind the wheel. Take the time to rest or stop if required.

If you’ve been involved in an accident where a driver fell asleep at the wheel or you were distracted by fatigue, contact us today to start building your case.

This post was written by Kelly-Ann Jenkins of Jenkins Law P.L. Kelly-Ann is an St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney She focuses on personal injury, car accidents, and bicyclist injury. The information on this site is not intended to and does not offer legal advice, legal recommendations or legal representation on any matter. Hiring an attorney is an important decision, which should not be based on advertising. You need to consult an attorney for legal advice regarding your individual situation.

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