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Distracted Driving

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    The Australian state New South Wales will be the first jurisdiction in the world to use cameras to detect and fine drivers distracted by their phones.

  • AAA teen distracted driving video screencap
    Video Shows Just How Distracted Teen Drivers Can Get

    A new video shows teenage drivers engaging in dangerous behavior.

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    Cop Says He's Written 800 Texting And Driving Tickets This Year

    Texting while driving is still a major problem, apparently.

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    DoT Guidelines To Help Minimize Driving Distractions

    Question: If your cellphone buzzes with an SMS message while you're driving, what do you do? Choose from: a) Ignore it and read it later when you stop b) Take a glance, just to see who it is; or c) Read it, reply, check your Facebook and plow through the window of your local 7-Eleven. If you...

  • Continental's infrared driver analyzer camera system
    Continental Developing Technology To Watch For Driver Distraction

    Every day in the United States, some 10 people are killed and 1,100 injured in crashes relating to distracted driving. While those are the official tallies released by the Department of Transportation, the actual number is likely much higher; after all, few drivers will admit that they didn’t...

  • Mazdaspeed Motorsports driver Connor De Phillippi stacks a virtual race car while texting
    Mazda Works To Combat Distracted Driving: Video

    In 2010, 3,092 people died in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, while some 416,000 were injured in crashes involving driver distraction. Traveling at 55 mph, a driver covers some 300 yards, blind, in the 4.6 seconds it takes to send the average text. Those numbers aren’t...

  • Peter Frampton tweets about being hit by a distracted driver

    Rock legend Peter Frampton is used to mixing it up with women, but not while stuck in traffic. (Well, not that we know of.) Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened yesterday, and today, Frampton's back and neck are paying the price. According to the musician's Twitter page, Frampton was in California, sitting in traffic on the 101, when someone rear-ended his car: "Texting woman driver just ran into back of me while I was stationary in traffic 101 freeway. Can u say whiplash? People put the phones down!" Why did he feel the need to qualify that it was a "woman driver"? We can't say. Maybe...

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    New Tech Blocks Drivers' Cell Phone Calls, Not Passengers'

    According to researchers at India’s Anna University of Technology, up to 20-percent of fatal traffic accidents involving trucks or heavy commercial vehicles may be linked back to driver cell phone usage. That’s a global number, not one specific to India, and the threat of fines and...

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    Will Vibrating Steering Wheels Make For Safer Roads?

    Of the five senses that the human body is equipped with, sight and sound are the primary ones used behind the wheel of a car. You could argue that touch comes into play as well, since most vehicles now come equipped with steering-wheel-mounted audio, telephone and cruise control buttons, too. That...

  • Tobii eye-tracking technology
    Eyes On The Road? Tobii Ensures You're Alert While Driving

    Distracted driving is bad, mmmkay? Driving tired is no better, and any time you spend with your eyes off the road is time taken away from reacting in a potentially life-threatening scenario. Carmakers have been on the case for a few years now, with technology aimed at minimizing distracted driving...

  • Ford SYNC
    Ford Sync Reads Text Messages Aloud, Starting Today

    We've reviewed a number of smartphone apps that read texts aloud to drivers -- apps like DriveSafe.ly, PhoneGuard, and SafeCell -- but we've seen very few text-to-speech applications from automakers themselves. Ford is a notable exception. Through its popular Sync infotainment system, Ford recently...

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    Tech Blamed For Stressed "Gen Y" Drivers; Some Tips To Help

    If you were born some time between the 1970s and the mid 1990s you're what's known as "Generation Y", and new research has shown that you're much more likely to be stressed behind the wheel than your "Baby Boomer" predecessors. The survey was conducted by Galaxy Research, on 1,010 people across...

  • BMW Pathfinder "micronavigation" system prototype

    How long will a journey take from point A to point B? To get the answer, many of us will punch the destination into our GPS satellite navigation devices which give us an estimated time of arrival (ETA). However, a new survey thinks that subconsciously trying to beat the displayed ETA could be putting millions of drivers at risk. It's known as GPS racing. Described as such it sounds fun, but it's leading to millions of motorists driving more dangerously. The ICM survey found that an estimated 7.2 million drivers in the UK alone have raced to a destination to beat the ETA predicted by their sat...

  • BMW's 'Don't Text and Drive' ad
    Ray LaHood Wants Less Tech In Cars, More Ads About Distracted Driving: Video

    You can call U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood many things, but "slouch" isn't on the list. At a time when computing and social media are expanding to fill every corner of our daily lives, LaHood is pushing back, urging automakers to limit the technology included in new cars. Not only...

  • Google autonomous Toyota Prius test vehicle
    Google Bets On Nevada To Become Home For Autonomous Cars

    Google has been hitting the headlines pretty hard the past couple of days. Its Android operating system is still hammering the smartphone market, its new music service is causing a commotion, and the company is prepping to settle a hush-hush Justice Department investigation into its advertising...

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    Driver Hits Tree While Reporting Erratic Driver

    A 46-year-old New Jersey woman was injured last Saturday when she drove her car into a tree--while dialing 911 to report an erratic driver. The accident occurred in Toms River, during daylight hours, and police would only say that the crash is under investigation. The driver’s condition, as...

  • Sprint Drive First app for Android
    Sprint Pre-Installing Android App To (Mostly) Disable Your Smartphone While Driving

    If you're the sort of person who's tempted to take calls while driving -- or worse, answer text messages -- there are dozens of apps to help curb your addition. Now, Sprint is making the process even easier by pre-installing the Drive First app on every Android phone. Drive First works like many...

  • Barnes & Noble Nook Color modded to become in-dash stereo and more
    Watch: Barnes & Noble Nook Hacked, Becomes In-Dash Stereo & More

    There are lots of gizmos on the market -- gizmos designed to meet the needs of nearly every consumer. And yet, a handful of consumers are never satisfied. They take matters into their own hands, poking, prodding, and modding until they get what they want, just as they've done for millennia. Now...

  • DriveCam

    Once upon a time, parents had to be pretty crafty to track their teenagers' driving habits. Sure, they could look for obvious signs of recklessness like dents and scratches, but hard braking? Aggressive driving? Almost impossible to spot without tailing them from a distance. (Which, of course, our parents did. ALL THE TIME.) Today, moms and dads have it easier. Thanks to many high-tech developments, parents can now track and/or control their kids' driving behavior from the comfort of home. Apps and services like T-Mobile's DriveSmart encourage teens to be smarter about texting and driving...

  • T-Mobile's DriveSmart
    T-Mobile Joins The Battle Against Distracted Driving With DriveSmart

    Over the past few months, we've seen a number of smartphone apps designed to curb distracted driving -- namely, SafeCell, PhoneGuard, and Mashable's mobile app of the year, DriveSafe.ly. Now a nationwide carrier has joined the fray: T-Mobile, with its DriveSmart service. Of the various apps...

  • Frank Ryan
    Acclaimed Hollywood Plastic Surgeon May Have Died While Tweeting

    We don't know for sure what caused Dr. Frank Ryan's 1995 Jeep Wrangler to hurtle off the Pacific Coast Highway and down a cliff on Monday afternoon. We do know, however, that he didn't survive the crash. We also know that he was tweeting moments earlier. That doesn't sound good. Thankfully, Ryan's...

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