How Can This New App Help Fight Distracted Driving?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over 330,000 auto accidents are caused by texting while driving every year. In 2015, 391,000 injuries were caused by distracted driving. And as technology improves and becomes increasingly entertaining, these statistics are poised to keep rising. How do we fight distracted driving and reduce traffic collisions? Many programmers are developing apps to help and GM is joining them on this crusade.
Are Apps the Key to Fighting Distracted Driving?
The Call Me Out app is a new idea from the automakers at GM. The program uses your phone’s accelerometer and GPS to determine if it’s being handled while you are driving. The sensors detect when the phone is picked up while moving at rates faster than five miles per hour. Then the app plays messages from the phone owner’s family and friends asking the person not to use the phone while driving.
Though the method seems a little heavy-handed, getting people to stop texting and using their phones while driving is a worthwhile cause. A survey from Research Now shows that 84 percent of respondents say handling a phone while driving is dangerous, yet 90 percent of the respondents admit to doing it. The extra push from this app may be the way to go.
At the moment, the app is only available in the Google Play Store and no plans to make an iOS version have been announced. This means the Call Me Out app is very limited in who it can reach and help. Other apps like AT&T’s DriveMode, LifeSaver, TrueMotion Family, and Mojo are all available on multiple mobile devices. They each also have options that the other apps don’t have. However, GM is working on other solutions that could help fight distracted driving.
The automaker is developing a system for its Cadillac CT6 that monitors eye and head positions to make sure drivers are watching the road. The safety feature is meant to make sure drivers pay attention when the vehicle’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous mode is active. But advocates are putting pressure on the automaker to add the system to all of its cars. In this case, the vehicles would issue warnings when drivers became distracted. Vehicles with this technology could also activate autonomous safety features to prevent crashes.
Until such technology is used by all car brands, we are still going to have to keep a sharp eye out for people driving dangerously. At James McKiernan Lawyers, we help people who have been hurt by negligent drivers. We offer free consultations to families and victims who have been hurt in a California automobile accident. Call us at 800-200-HURT to learn more about our quality representation, and follow our blog for more ways to keep your family safe.