Sunday, January 13, 2013

Automaker offers curb drowsy driving

Paul A. Eisenstein, the Detroit Bureau

You've ever even behind the wheel nodded caught? It would be not alone. More than a third of all drivers admit they have done this at some time or another and drowsy driving begins to blame for at least 100,000 crashes and more than 1,500 deaths per year in the United States.

Notes a new study by the Centers for disease control, that while driving at least once during the previous month - tell each 24 adults in the United States, have fallen asleep, and experts believe this number that "Micro sleep." is low, because drivers often do not recognize if she had one or two seconds

Sleep even a moment can be disastrous, when you consider that at only 60 miles per hour, that such a vehicle is 88 ft travel, or about four to five car lengths.

"If I'm on the road, I would be a little worried about the other drivers" after reading the results of the study, said lead author Anne Wheaton of the CDC.

The telephone survey stretched 147.076 adults in 19 States and the District of Columbia, making it the largest survey of its kind. It found that 4 percent of respondents said she've been nodded at least once during the previous month way.

100,000 Crashes a year
Even more cause for concern were carried earlier studies, such as one by the National Sleep Foundation in 2005. The NSF reported that 60 percent of adults sleepy drove driver of a vehicle during at least once during the previous year, while 37 percent, that she are actually out nodded. And those that sleep recognized, 13 percent indicated that that they routinely acts, at least once in the month.

The Foundation's sleep study also showed that 4 per cent recorded the survey pool, either an accident or an accident near because they were drowsy or asleep at the wheel.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration an estimated 100,000 crashes a year caused by sleepy drivers - what an estimated 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths each year.

The latest research findings, the CDC found that men tend to doze off behind the wheel, as drivers in the ages between 25 and 34, and those who get regularly less than six hours of sleep per night. An earlier Gallup survey found that men twice as often as women to drive sleepy.

The challenge for researchers is to get accurate results, how all sleepy drive differently defined and have can be from often unaware that she actually nodded for a second or two motorists.

A study by the Virginia Tech transportation Institute used cameras and other sensors in 100 vehicles to see what happens on the road. Although the numbers were small, allowed the one-year study researchers project, the sleepiness to a certain degree, 20 percent of all crashes contributed. You appreciate that a driver is drowsy four to six times more likely to be a collision as involved, which is wide awake.

It may be difficult for the police to identify a drowsy driver in contrast to drunken drivers. But motorists even addressed new technology warnings. A number of vehicles, including products from Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, are programmed on-site sign that sleepy is a driver. Some are looking for specific steering wheel inputs, another system to a camera on the driver's face.

Most of the technologies, just try to identify a driver, if that happens, perhaps through a coffee cup emblem somewhere on the dash blinks or a gong sound.

Ford has added a drowsy driving warning, which it with the optional new lane-keeping assist system on the 2013 has coupled the fusion sedan. It uses a forward-facing camera order for visible road markings, alerting the driver through the steering wheel to vibrate when the system senses the car drift out of its lane to see.

"We found the driver languages we definitely inclined towards characteristics were the real practical benefit of inform them about potentially dangerous situations that they missed," after Billy Mann, Managing Director of the Penn Schoen Berland survey consider a current for Ford, as consumers responded to new security technology.

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