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AI may be effective in lowering distracted driving

Artificial intelligence may provide the answer when it comes to reducing distracted driving. Researchers and automakers are striving to create cameras and sensors that can monitor drivers' behavior and do several things in response to distracted driving. One of those things, as many drivers in New York should know, is setting off an alert. All too often, though, drivers become conditioned to these alerts so that they become nothing but "white noise."

Automakers are developing ways to deal with this, such as turning the background of the dashboard a different color and shutting the radio off so that the alert can come through. Moreover, automakers are trying to make these systems react to distracted drivers by controlling the vehicle through its braking and steering capabilities to avoid a potential collision.

Software algorithms are being developed so that they can accurately predict driver behavior, but some say that this will never be perfectly realizable. Visual AI is also beneficial in that it can build use cases that allow automakers to understand better when something interferes with a driver's attention and to create new alerts for these distractions.

If "distraction cognizant" safety features ever become an effective solution, they may become standard on all vehicles. Automatic emergency braking, for instance, will be on all new vehicles in the U.S. by 2020.

Motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers can form the basis for a personal injury claim. As New York is a no-fault state, the injuries sustained must be serious in order for victims to be eligible to file such a claim, so the first thing victims may want to do is consult a lawyer. Personal injury lawyers might have a network of investigators and other third parties to help build up a case before they proceed to negotiations.

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