TEXARKANA, Texas. Every year, our new cars get smarter. Some can intervene if we make an error behind the wheel. Some can offer us video feeds of our blind spots. Others make it easier to go hands free on our phones, allowing us to focus on the road ahead and on driving. Yet, while some new technology will be useful when it comes to keeping people safe, other kinds of new tech might actually put drivers and others at risk. Let’s take a look at the good and the neutral technological advances, followed by a look at new tech that has raised some safety experts’ eyebrows.
According to Wired, an Israeli company has developed new wireless technology that would allow cars to communicate with one another. The technology would allow a user’s car to track the other cars in the surrounding area and offer drivers a warning if a crash was about to occur. The technology is heralded as potentially being able to prevent motorcycle accidents. The only drawback to the tech? It only works if every vehicle is equipped with the technology.
Another company is releasing technology that would allow the vehicle to read road signs. According to Wired, the technology can read road signs as far as 320 feet away. Yet, critics of the technology wonder what users stand to benefit from it. The signs would be displayed inside the car, but the displays would be small. Wired notes that it just might be easier to read the actual road signs rather than the in-vehicle displays.
Yet, these innovations serve to make cars safer. Even as cars release more safety features, other manufacturers are releasing entertainment features that could make cars less safe. According to the New York Times, despite the increased numbers of people who admit to distracted driving, some cars are being released with internet access capabilities and screens beside the driver’s seat. While safety experts and national organizations are trying to get people to put down the phone and stop looking at screens while driving, some vehicles are building screens right into the front dash. Even as researchers warn about the risks of distracted driving, car manufacturers continue to release infotainment systems that would allow drivers to access the internet while behind the wheel. Some systems even allow drivers to access Wikipedia while behind the wheel. While the cars come with warnings, research has shown that many of these technologies can be difficult to resist.
According to Wired, car accidents cost are 2 percent of the GDP. When researchers consider injuries and deaths, car accidents account for as much as 5 percent of the GDP. The Texarkana, Texas car accident lawyer at the Cooper Law Firm works closely with victims and families whose lives have been impacted by car accidents. If you or a loved one was hurt in a wreck, we may be able to help you seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. Visit https://www.cooper-law-firm.com/ to learn more about your rights and options.