Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Driver warning system

Article at CBC published 17 October 2006.

Ford Motor Co. testing a number of different systems that warn drivers when they stray off the lane on a road. Researchers studied drivers who had not slept for 23 hours and had each of the participants drive for three hours in a simulator.

Found that all systems were effective at improving reaction time, implying they would reduce likelihood of accidents. However, I wonder how much such devices will affect driver behaviour. Will people pay less attention when driving because they know there is a device that will warn them that they are straying. Will people drive for longer without a break or be less concerned about driving when they haven't slept?

Andy Brazier

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