Cars could soon switch to self-driving mode to stop distracted driving

In a modern world, technological advances are needed to regulate technological advances. Phones, in particular, have become the subject of much regulatory discussion -- especially with regard to distracted driving.

The National Safety Council reports that, each year in the U.S., 1.6 million crashes are the result of texting while driving. That means 25 percent of all accidents are due to this dangerous behavior. If negligent drivers still insist on texting, what is the solution?

Artificial intelligence (AI) may soon be used to get drivers to put down their phones.

Earlier this year, phone maker and tech giant Apple launched its "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature on iPhones. Now a group of university researchers are looking into the use of cameras and artificial intelligence to detect when drivers are using their phones or engaging in other kinds of distraction.

The study involves technology that can detect changes in face and head position, as well as signs of texting and talking on a phone and reaching into the backseat. If the AI recognizes these behaviors and danger becomes imminent, the vehicle would switch to self-driving mode.

At the very least, the software could remind the diver to put down the phone and focus on the task at hand.

Despite increased law enforcement and driver education, distracted driving has been on the rise in New Mexico.

The reality is that distracted driving is a life-taker, and victims and their families deserve full and fair compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a distracted driver's negligence, don't wait to explore your full range of legal options. For more on that, please see our motor vehicle accidents overview.

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