Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Driver Distraction

PostedAugust 3, 2008

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Randy Atkins: As laws restrict cell phone use in cars, newer technologies like text messaging move in.

John Lee: Looking off the road for just a few seconds can dramatically increase your crash risk.

Randy Atkins: John Lee, an engineer at the University of Iowa, says people are generally overconfident about the multi-tasking they can do while driving.  But, soon, you may get a reality check through such technologies as eye-tracking that…

John Lee: …allow the car to know what the driver’s looking at or not looking at and maybe even get a sense of whether driver’s lost in thought.

Randy Atkins: Your car could then warn you…or even take its own defensive actions.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103.5 FM, WTOP Radio.