New Automobile Safety Technology: Alertness Detection

transport, destination, modern technology and people concept - close up of man driving car with navigation system on board computerTechnology has come a long way in a short period of time. If it weren’t for Ford, we’d probably still be riding in horse-drawn carriages. Today we’re at the dawn of a new era in automobile technology. Self-driving cars are being tested regularly, and some “Semiautonomous Cars” are already being sold by companies like Tesla and Volvo. Last week, The Wall Street Journal released an article about a new type of technology in automobile safety that might smooth the transition toward fully autonomous cars.

The article writes that for better or for worse, General Motors has introduced an alertness detection system to keep drivers from losing focus or falling asleep at the wheel. The system will scan the driver’s eyes and respond in a series of steps if the driver is drifting off. First, it will try to alert the driver with visual and auditory cues. If that fails to get the driver’s attention, a representative from General Motors “OnStar” service will come on the car’s intercom to speak directly with the driver. If there is still no response from the driver, the car will automatically pull over on the side of the road.

Incredible! This new technology could save thousands of lives and prevent countless accidents and injuries. Nevertheless, as The Wall Street Journal points out, this brings up a serious question of privacy. How will we feel about a system that is monitoring our every move, and reporting it back to some overseeing figure? What will the company do with the information it is reading? General Motors claims that they will only share personal data if they have consent from the car owner. However, it’s something important to keep in mind as we take pioneering steps into the future of automobile technology.

Remember, our safety begins with ourselves and our awareness, and that includes awareness of your car and its safety features!

 

Read the Full Article about Eye-Tracking Technology from The Wall Street Journal here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/gms-driver-assist-technology-promises-to-nag-1473413432

 

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