Distracted Driving

  • AAA teen distracted driving video screencap

    A new video shows teenage drivers engaging in dangerous behavior.

  • 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit police car
    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
    Peter Frampton Hit By Woman Breaking All The Rules (About Texting)

    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...

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    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 penalties seems to have no significant impact on the use of mobile phones behind the wheel. As Inside Line reports, that statistic prompted Anna University scientists H. Abdul Shabeer, R.S.D. Wahidabnu and H. Abdul Zubarto develop a system called the Cell Phone Accident Preventer, or CAP for short...

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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
    GPS Racing: Over 7 Million Brits Try And Beat The Sat Nav

    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...

  • BMW's 'Don't Text and Drive' ad

    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 that, but he's also asking auto companies to give up valuable ad dollars to help his campaign against texting and driving. For years, LaHood has been on an aggressive push to curb distracted driving -- and rightly so: 5,500 people were killed by distracted drivers on U.S. roadways in 2009 alone. So...

  • 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
    Nanny Cams Prove Popular For Parents Of Teen Drivers

    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...

  • T-Mobile's 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 designed to eliminate driving distractions, DriveSmart is probably closest to PhoneGuard. It's an option on family subscription plans (much like PhoneGuard, which is designed for families and corporate fleets). Also, the service kicks in automatically when it detects that a phone is moving at a certain...

  • 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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