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Soon Your Car Will Be Watching Out For You

September 11, 2014
Did you know a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a driver who is focusing on the road? Because of that statistic (and many others), GM is trying to make your car take care of you, monitoring how much you’re paying attention to the road and giving you a warning if you’re not! This technology has been in the works for many years, but now the advancements have been made so that cars should be sold with these monitoring devices within the next three to five years. Tracking Movements Made by a company called Seeing Machines, the device will monitor your eye movement, facial expressions and gestures to set alarms when you may be too distracted or drifting off to sleep. In the next few years, the car may even use autonomous driving to get the car back on track automatically. The device can also use facial recognition to start the car only when the owner is behind the wheel (rather than a thief or a mischievous child!) Future Advancements So, what do you think? Would you be interested in a device like this? It seems pretty revolutionary, but also has a lot of potential to be annoying. If the technology isn’t 100% accurate (and I can’t imagine it could be!) then it could make mistakes and be overly sensitive to your behavior. But it could also save you money (by avoiding car accidents and tickets) and even save your life! I’m sure this technology will be the norm a couple decades from now, if we don’t already switch over to autonomous cars. So tell me what you think of the future! Give your thoughts in the comments below!