Commercial vehicles on the roads in and around Texas provide the means for transporting goods to homes and businesses throughout the state. An inattentive truck driver behind the wheel of a massive 18-wheeler can quickly turn it into a source of death and destruction.
Truckers who get distracted while driving present a serious hazard to themselves and others, and educational and marketing campaigns across the country have tried to raise awareness and decrease the rate of this behavior. Now, General Motors Company is about to introduce new technology into its vehicles that could lower the number of inattentive truck driver accidents.
According to reports, GM plans to test the technology in cars that will be equipped with cameras to track the eye and head movements of drivers. The system will have the capacity to determine if a driver’s attention is diverted from the road. When that happens, the system will prompt the driver to pay attention to the road.
The GM technology appears to be just the beginning in the development of methods for combating truck driver fatigue, cellphone use and other distractions faced by drivers. There are reports of a system under development that will monitor a driver’s brain waves. The technology would prevent a vehicle from starting and continuing to run unless the operator’s brain waves are focused on the task of driving the vehicle. While not yet in production, the brain wave technology might mean the end of truck accidents caused by driver distraction.
Although auto manufactures go to great lengths to equip vehicles with all sorts of safety precautions, accidents on the road are still a real threat to drivers in Texas and across the country. If you have been the victim of a truck accident, it can be a good idea to speak with an attorney to better understand your options.
Source: Basics Media,"General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) Testing Eye Tracking Technology," Michael Allen, Sept. 3, 2014