Car News Articles 
 Alternative Fuel Vehicles
 Electric Cars
 Automotive Information
 Car Donations
 Car Rentals
 Child Safety
 Lemon Laws
 Car Buying Tips
 Car Financing
 Car Warranty
 Car Insurance Articles
 Car Maintenance
 Car News
 Car Repair
 Car Safety
 Car Recalls
 Driving Economically
 Gas Mileage
 Exterior Car Care
 Garage Know How
 Road Trips
 Traveling with Kids
 Younger and Older Drivers
 How Car Stuff Works
 Amsoil Synthetic Motor Oil
 Article Archives
 Auto Updates
 Motor Oil
 News List
 New Text
 Spring Info

Authors and Writers 
  Submit an Article
  RSS Feed

Article Archives : Auto Updates

Advanced Technologies Help Drivers Focus on the Road
Thu, 19 Jun 2003, 22:57

RSS Feed for Auto Updates   
Email this article
 Printer friendly page
Discuss this story

(NAPSI)—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that driver distraction is a factor in at least 26 percent of all “tow-away” collisions. Many actions potentially can cause a driver to turn his or her attention away from the task of driving the vehicle: grooming oneself, eating or drinking, reaching for the radio controls, or using a cell phone.

Experts agree that sorting out the primary causes of these kinds of accidents will take additional crash-related data and research.

In the meantime, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies already are helping to increase driver focus and safe driving and will help even more in the near future, according to the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America).

“ITS America strongly supports well-designed ITS technologies that help drivers to focus on driving and maintain control of their vehicle,” Harold Worrall, executive director of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority in Orlando, Fla., and a member of ITS America’s Board of Directors, recently told a congressional subcommittee looking into driver distraction.

Forward collision warning, night vision enhancement, and drowsy driver detection systems are some of the advanced technologies already providing safety benefits, he said.

Manufacturers automatically disable some advanced technology functions and features if they are deemed too complicated to use while driving. For example, some in-vehicle navigation systems will not allow drivers to manipulate the controls to select a destination while the vehicle is in motion.

Other manufacturers are developing intersection, road-departure and lane-change collision avoidance technologies, while rear-end and forward collision avoidance technologies already are helping cars and trucks sense the presence and speed of vehicles and objects in their lane of travel.

“Any regulatory decisions concerning the use of in-vehicle devices should be based on sound science and not anecdotal information,” says Worrall. “There is very little substantive research to assist lawmakers and regulators in crafting public policy and drafting guidelines to protect the public. We need more solid research.”

Currently, NHTSA and Transport Canada are conducting a study on a test track comparing the potential for driver distraction of dialing a phone, tuning a radio and retrieving e-mail when done manually or by voice activation. Another NHTSA study is looking at the difference in the level of distraction when using hand-held versus hands-free cell phones in real-world driving conditions. And ITS America has formed a special board-level task force to work with automakers and other groups on increasing driver focus.

ITS America is an educational and scientific public-private partnership of 600 member organizations promoting the use of advanced technologies in surface transportation. For additional information on intelligent transportation systems, contact: ITS America, Suite 800, 400 Virginia Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024-2730, call (202) 484-4581, or visit the ITS America Web site at

Automotive : Links

© Copyright 2006 by CarJunky®

Auto Updates

Related Articles
Protect Yourself From Water-Damaged Vehicles
Cut Gasoline Costs
Are You A Normal Or Severe Driver?
Wireless Technology Takes A Byte Out Of Crime
Fill Up On Fuel-Saving Tips
Safe Driving Is In Your Sights
Science Solves Dusty Roads
Racing For The Future
Convertible Caution
Science Solves Dusty Roads
Have You Seen This Bowl?
Advanced Technologies Help Drivers Focus on the Road
Putting The Brakes On Dangerous Driving
Americans Go For New Generation Of Light Vehicle Engines—Diesel
Helping Drivers See The Light
GMC Delivers On Professional Grade Promise With Trucks That Exceed Expectations
Fuel Prices Are Not Expected To Fuel A Slowdown In Camping Plans
Have Mouse, Will Travel
Top 10 Trends in Advanced Transportation Technologies

 View Our News on Your
 MyYahoo or MyMSN

 Add This News To Your MyYahoo
 Add This News To Your MyMSN

 Use Our RSS News Feed
 On Your Site
 RSS Feed   

Car Insurance Info | Newsletter | Car Classifieds | Online Car Rentals
Auto Pictures | Link To

Complete List of Article RSS News Feeds

Copyright © 1999 - . CarJunky® All Rights Reserved.