01 Where Do Wearables Fit In Distraction?
How will wearable devices such as smartwatches impact distracted driving? Peggy answers, giving an example of a man in Canada who received a ticket while using an Apple Watch while driving and the motorist argued the watch wasn’t a handheld device. Peggy addresses the differences between regular watches and smartwatches and suggests where law enforcement should draw the line. She says the onus is on each of us to focus on the task of driving.
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02 Distracted Driving Apps Aim to Help
How can technology help improve distracted driving? Peggy gives an inside look at how apps can help eliminate distractions in the car. She says if you can’t put that phone down, there are ways other people will monitor that for you. One app for Apple and Android includes a driver portal for parents to monitor loved ones and offers rewards for driving behaviors—you can even report offenders.
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03 Appropriate Technology to End Distractions
Gregory Thomas, director, center of design research, University of Kansas, says HUD displays need to be very clean and technically appropriate and enables the driver to be able to use it. He says there is a cognitive distraction and there is some responsibility involved in that. As easy as technology makes it, he says you are still going to have a distraction.
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04 Let’s Keep It Simple
Gregory Thomas, director, center of design research, University of Kansas, says a combination of a lot of technology working with each other will make the safe vehicle of the future. He explains we do have to slow down in terms of what we feel needs to be incorporated in displays, saying in terms of the driver’s responsibility it should be kept pretty simple.
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