New Technology Invented to Prevent Drivers from Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel

At Nottingham Trent University in the UK, researchers are involved in a study in collaboration with a semiconductor company, Plessey Semiconductors to study the effectiveness and feasibility of an electrocardiogram (ECG) system embedded in the driver’s seat of cars, with unique sensors that can sense when drivers are starting to fall asleep at the wheel.

The system is known as Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) which monitors heart rate, alertness and can sense when a driver has fatigue and could fall asleep at the wheel.

As driver fatigue is a contributory factor to many accidents, the aim of the study is to be able to embed a fabric based sensor system into the driver’s seat of a vehicle which can successfully detect the heart signals which indicate a loss of alertness.

Many fatigue sensing systems may simply alert the driver or try to wake him or her. The data collected by EPIC would be used to send a warning to the driver to pull over. The researchers envision the technology to do more than wake the driver. If the warning is ignored, the technology would take control of the vehicle and activate cruise control or what is known as lane departure technology in order to prevent accidents. The data would be sent over a wireless network to a control centre.

If the study is successful, the aim is to develop the seats for truck drivers and luxury cars.

The sensors would ideally be able to read through multiple layers of clothing.

Driver fatigue is a serious concern and can lead to serious and fatal car accidents. Truck drivers and shift workers are more susceptible to driver fatigue due to irregular sleep schedules. Even altering your sleep schedule by 1 hour can affect your level of alertness, i.e. daylight savings time.

If you or someone you know has been involve in a car accident, do not hesitate to seek out the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

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Government is back in session and is revisiting stricter penalties for distracted driving

Distracted driving remains a concern for Ontario’s government and police forces.

Prior to the June 12, 2014, a bill had been introduced into parliament that concerned stricter penalties for distracted driving. As a result of the election, the bill was not passed and has yet to become legislation (law).

Now that parliament is back in session, there is a call for this bill to be reintroduced.

The bill, if passed, would impose three demerit points in addition to increasing the maximum fine to $1000. Ontario already increased the fine from $155 to $280 in March 2014 as the Liberals had expressed concern that the current fines were not serious enough. Ontario is one of the only provinces in Canada that currently does not have demerit points associated with their distracted driving fine.

Since the introduction of the distracted driving law in 2009, there has been further clarification of what “use of handheld device” while driving means. Handheld devices include cellular phones, smart phones, GPS systems that are not secured to the dashboard, portable video games or DVD players. Court decisions have confirmed that even holding a phone while driving is considered illegal.

The Transportation Minister is also in support of the proposed bill and wants it to be reintroduced as soon as possible.

A recent survey conducted for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health found that more than one third of Ontario students in Grades 10-12 admitted to texting while driving, on at least one occasion within the past year. This is of great concern to Premier Wynne and it was noted that there are now more deaths as a result of texting while driving than impaired driving and why her government wants to reintroduce the proposed legislation, as an aggressive public awareness campaign is needed.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury lawyer.

People may not be aware of their rights or obligations and may feel overwhelmed about the legal process. Personal injury litigation is complex and Paciocco & Mellow is a Windsor Personal Injury Firm that represents many persons who have been injured as a result of automobile accidents, slip and fall injuries and other types of personal injuries.

We understand that you may feel overwhelmed as a result of your accident and during the legal process and we strive to provide the best service possible and to help our clients in any way that we can, be it a referral to a specialist, rehabilitation provider, help securing a litigation loan or providing reassurance.

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time. Contact the Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation.