Stanford Presents - New Technology is Eroding Driving Freedom

ON THE HEELS OF TESLA UNVEILING "AUTO-PILOT"

Professor Joe Hustein talks about the benefits and risks of modern day car technologies. He discusses the ways these technologies are shaping the future of auto-mobility and explains why these technologies can be improved and in some cases removed.

Statistics fully support driver distraction as a leading cause of car accidents. (about 350,000 accidents and 3,300 deaths a year). According to available details, within this group use of a mobile phone and texting account for approximately 60% of these accidents.

THESE STATISTICS ARE WORRISOME 

9

Number of Americans killed every day from motor vehicle accidents that involved distracted driving, such as using a cellphone, texting or eating.

1 in 4

The probability that a motor vehicle crash involved a cellphone.

40%

The percentage of teens who say they have been a passenger in a car whose driver used a cellphone in a way that put them in danger.

33%

The percentage of U.S. drivers ages 18 to 64 who reported reading or writing text messages while driving in the previous month. In comparison, only 15 percent of drivers from Spain reported texting while driving in the same period.

341,000

Number of motor vehicle crashes in 2013 that involved texting.

4X

How much using a cellphone while driving increases the risk of a crash.

2

Number of seconds a driver can safely glance away from the road while operating a motor vehicle.

5

Number of seconds drivers take their eyes off the road to send a text message, on average.

46

Number of states (plus Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands) where texting is banned for all drivers, regardless of age.

21 - 24

Age group most likely to send a text or email message while driving, according to a 2012 survey.

AS AN EXAMPLE
Despite all the hoopla, and not to dismiss the advancement, we learned "Auto Pilot" isn't exactly what drivers thought it meant. Other videos show drivers leaping to attention to avoid a crash after the system was or may have been used improperly.
To that we have a very simple question, "With so many accidents due to cell phone use and texting, why introduce a technology that lures away diver attention instead of developing a technology that defeats the majority of these distractions?"

NOW ONTO THE LECTURE

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