As technology continues to serve a vital role in all areas of the modern world in as many ways as possible, it is no surprise that its being used and further developed to ensure the safety of vehicle operators by preventing accidents due to drivers somnolence. As the article states, “30% of fatal accidents on highways are due to drivers falling asleep at the wheel!” When faced with this very high number, it comes without saying that something needed to be done technologically to lower this number for the safety of all drivers.
I found it very interesting to see how advanced the device to monitor drivers drowsiness already is. Also, I was not aware that there are already devices that can detect a driver’s drowsiness, but they’re just not as accurate and advanced as they could be to make a noticeable difference. Not only can this new device detect the driver’s current level of drowsiness with better accuracy, but it can detect future drowsiness as well, making it even more successful in preventing accidents. Detecting current levels of drowsiness may be too late to prevent an accident, which is why its ability to see the future is revolutionary in comparison to original technology. I feel that this technology, developed for about ten years at the University of Liège (ULg) in Belgium will prove to be way more successful and effective than the current drowsiness detectors that monitor wheel movement and the crossing of lines in the road rather than the validated scientific “Drowsimetry” and “Drowsimeter” as named by Professor Jacques G. Verly of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at ULg. The current car monitors of drowsiness are certainly flawed and do not detect drowsy drivers with full accuracy. Rather than focusing on the vehicle to monitor drowsiness, the device created by ULg focuses scientifically on the operator of the vehicle. This technology is without a doubt unique and revolutionary, and because it is something that is necessary for our safety, it will continue to be worked on and advanced closer and closer to perfection.
I believe that this technology will turn out to be very successful as it becomes more widely used. Not only will it be used in cars, but nearly all other modes of transportation as well, which will make its impact much greater on land, water, and even in the air. Eventually, I could even see it becoming mandatory in all vehicles especially if it has significant effect on the high percent of fatal accident due to drivers falling asleep at the wheel. This is why it was compared to the development and use of the seatbelt in the article. The seatbelt too was once a safety idea, and is now required by law for the safety of all drivers and passengers. In my opinion, this technology to detect drowsiness will eventually become the next seatbelt; so don’t be surprised if you see this camera on your car dashboard in years to come.
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