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Is too much safety technology to be blamed for less qualified drivers?

It is expected to have fully automated vehicles in the near future soon and by 2020 we can expect to have a fully automated braking standard as vowed by automakers. But have we pondered how too much technology is making less qualified drivers with distracted minds

Recently a road safety charity has published a white paper under the title of Driving While Distracted: Challenges and Solutions, focusing on the causes of distracted minds and the solution to reverse the trend. The report describes the four possible forms of distracted driving: mental, visual, manual and sound.

According to the figures by the Department of Transport, in-vehicle distraction caused 4,639 fatalities in 2017. It is the high time to address the issue of distracted driving to help stem the tide of avoidable crashes on the road. One of the major factors in distracted driving is the growing trend of ‘nomophobia’ – the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. This trend can be particularly more observed among business drivers. Dr Graham J. Hole (University of Sussex) conducted the research on The Road safety Knowledge, revealed it is generally assumed that driving while having a phone conversation using hands-free technology is evidence shows it is no safer than using a hand-held phone.

It is said that when people are given too little to pay attention to, they’ll become complacent. And if you give them too much and they’ll become overwhelmed. For the best performance, the two researchers said, humans must work in the sweet spot where manageable tasks keep them interested.

A book titled “Foolproof – Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe,” delves into how human success over the years has led to disasters — the lessons from which we should learn from. Similarly, autonomous vehicles are still some way off until we have found a way to tackle distracted motorists.

The report concluded that employers must have a robust driver training policy, to which drivers adhere in all circumstances along with some detailed hard questions to handle the highly concerned situation


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