Masters Thesis

Eye tracking devices to combat distracted driving

Distracted driving has become an issue that occurs on a national scale. Particularly, in the state of California, which houses numerous motorists, distracted driving has a higher probability to occur. Regardless of location, distracted driving is becoming a growing and popular topic of discussion in public policy due to the dangers associated with it and the potential deadly effects it can have on the lives of many. For such reasons it is a noteworthy issue to be addressed. Many individuals may be familiar with the concept, to some degree, and the hazards that are involved, however, this epidemic continues to be ever-growing. As efforts have been made to deter the action of distracted driving through legal interventions, such efforts are not producing satisfactory results as statistical findings illustrate that the numbers of citations being issued to the public by law enforcement and traffic collisions are increasing year by year since the passing of the distracted driving laws. Additionally, the current laws only apply to a portion of some forms of distracted driving while other forms of it continue to be legal. This study will enlighten the reader of other forms of distracted driving, the frequency at which it occurs and the devastation it incurs. This study will also raise the question if California’s current method of combating this issue is deemed effective and propose an alternative to more effectively address the issue. While some motorists recognize and respect the dangers associated with distracted driving and do not engage in the activity, too many other individuals do not hold such regard for it and continue in their practices. Regardless, there must be a new approach in addressing this issue using eye tracking technology integrated for automobiles as a tool to ensure that all motorists, regardless of outlying factors, avoid the activity and incorporate responsible driving habits in order to better preserve the lives of all individuals.

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