In-vehical technology


Embedded computers in vehicles can guide you when backing out of a driveway, warn you if a vehicle or object is in your blind spot, or alert you to unsafe road conditions. Apps can track gas mileage or notify you when your car needs an oil change or other services. Recently, all new cars were required to include electronic stability control, which can assist with steering the car in case of skidding, and back up cameras. Other technologies adjust vehicle speed or headlight usage, and can even activate the brakes. All of this technology is intended to make driving safer. 

Critics of in-vehicle technology claim that it can provide drivers with a false sense of security. If you rely on a sensor or assistance while backing up, parking, or changing lanes, for example, you may miss other obstructions that could cause a crash. Reliance on electronic stability control or other crash-avoidance technologies may cause you to drive faster than conditions allow or to pay less attention to the distance between your vehicle and others.

The effect on new, teen drivers is especially of concern if teens learn to drive using vehicles equipped with features such as video rear view mirrors, they may be unable to drive older, less-equipped vehicles safely. Many apps and devices help parents protect their teens while driving. Apps can program mobile devices to block incoming calls or text messages while the vehicle is moving. GPS can track a vehicle's location and speed. Sensors can monitor seatbelt usage and number of passengers in the vehicle. 

1. Do an online search of some vehicle apps and computerized safety options. List at least 5 and how they work.

2. For each of the 5 you list, do you believe they are a benefit or a false sense of security and why?

3. Do you believe there is a better way to progress with technology in the drivers seat? Explain your answer.

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