Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Talking and texting aren't the only problems. Researchers at MIT say "that if a motorist's mind is deeply focused on any topic — even trouble at home — he is likely to scan the road for hazards less frequently." Experts are studying inattention blindness, which occurs when a driver's eyes are directed toward the road but his or her mind is focused elsewhere. The MIT group has found "that a driver's ability to focus on the driving environment varies depending on the 'cognitive demand' of a non-driving activity. That is, the deeper the level of thought in a driver's mind, the less he focuses on his surroundings." Read more.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
USA Today reported that automakers planned to testify at a U.S. Department of Transportation hearing that proposed federal guidelines for in-car technology should include smartphone and portable GPS makers. Auto industry spokesmen "argue some drivers will turn to their mobile devices for information they can't get from their cars." Rob Strassburger at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers intends to testify that mobile devices and auto industry guidelines should be addressed concurrently. Read more.