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Technologies aim to reduce risk of distracted driving

People in Montana and across the country face serious risks because of distracted driving. Every day, around nine people lose their lives and 100 more are injured due to distractions behind the wheel. Cellphones and other electronic devices are the best-known cause of distracted driving collisions, but there are a wide range of items that can take a driver's eyes and mind away from the road ahead. Other distractions can divert attention from the road, including "rubbernecking" at other collisions on the road and attending to the built-in entertainment and touchscreen systems inside newer vehicles.

While technology has contributed to the rise in car accidents linked to distracted driving, some manufacturers are attempting to use artificial intelligence technology to make these crashes less likely. There are three major types of distracted driving: visual distractions that redirect a driver's eyes from the street, manual distractions that divert a driver's hands from the wheel and cognitive distractions that prevent a driver from focusing on the road. Drowsy driving is a serious threat to roadway safety.

Artificial intelligence can help to reduce the risk of distracted driving by using sensors installed inside a vehicle to alert a driver to the risk of dangerous distractions. Sensors are programmed using algorithms that can alert on signs that a driver is inattentive or drowsy. Some other artificial intelligence technologies could even be designed to take control of the vehicle, including braking and steering mechanisms, in case a driver is on the road toward a collision. These innovations build on the technologies that make self-driving cars a possibility.

While technology holds great hope for reducing future car accidents, people continue to face catastrophic injuries linked to distracted driving. A personal injury lawyer may provide advice to people injured in a crash about how they can seek compensation for their damages.

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