Motorcycle Riders and Pedestrians Beware of Cars With High-Tech Features

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As a motorcycle rider, I’ve always wondered how motorists will look right at me, and then pull out in front of me anyway. Do they want me to slam into them — are they trying to kill me — I mean what gives anyway? Well, these days we have far too many drivers who are distracted by their personal tech toys, text messaging, or their in car high-tech gadgets. Not only do we have to worry about people reading their newspaper in the morning, putting on lipstick, or shaving, but now we have to worry about the reality that they can’t stay off their tech toys, and are trying to multitask while occasionally looking outside the car. Tech New Master

In case you haven’t noticed, these cars don’t drive themselves quite yet, although in the future I’m sure they will, at least Google believe so, and I am one with that potential eventualities for our future. Now then, on October 1, 2012 Sharper Brains (reprinted apparently from BioScholar Online) had an interesting article titled; “Driving with Satellite Navigation Contributes to Inattentional blindness,” which had stated;

“Driving with satellite navigation can make you blind to pedestrians, because trying to hold an image of the screen in your mind makes you ignore what is in front of your eyes, a new study has revealed. Focusing on the detail of something we have just seen diverts our attention away from things happening around us and results in an effect known as inattentional blindness.”

Of course, the military has done tests with Heads-Up-Displays (HUD) and target affixation as well, many accidents have occurred due to these real issues. Pilots in attack helicopters and also aircraft had been known to fly into the targets as there was just too much going on inside their head, and they either had a brain fart, or visual input overload. The same thing happens to drivers and realize they aren’t paying nearly the normal level, or amount of attention to what they’re doing. That’s why they pull out in front of motorcycles, or occasionally barely miss a pedestrian who jumps back on the curb.

When it comes to automobiles back up videos in cars are same thing, they might actually be more dangerous. People are too busy looking at the video as they back up, rather than looking at what they’re doing. Therefore they might turn the wheel and hit the front of the car on a retaining wall, a parked car, or perhaps a bicyclist coming by. These are all serious issues and we ought to pay attention, to our driving that is.

What can we do to fix these problems? Perhaps better driver training and education so drivers realize that they aren’t quite the masterful multitaskers they believe themselves to be. Please consider all this and think on it.

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