The Rate At Which Cellphones Are Killing Drivers Will Make You Sick

Technology

Please don’t read this while stuck in traffic.

Despite increasingly tight safety regulations and the fact that automakers are constantly improving on safety designs, traffic fatalities for the first half of 2015 have risen considerably, ending the downward trend in accident deaths that has been going on for years. The percentage increase in fatalities is 8.1 percent to be exact, the sharpest spike in deaths since 1977. While the data is only preliminary, the US Department of Transportation thinks that distracted drivers on cell phones are the cause of the increase.

This is showing regulators and engineers that you cant out-design stupid. They are postulating that low gas prices are adding riskier drivers to the road and causing the increase. The 8.1 percent rise is not set in stone, but it is indicative of an emerging problem. The lack of regulation on cellphone use in cars could be to blame given that now everyone has miniature computers in their pockets. It is unclear how this will affect the auto market, but adding more airbags is not the answer. Some automakers will respond with stopgap technology like autonomous braking, speech to text technology, and lane departure warnings, but others will see this as another reason to pour money into autonomous driving research.

You Might Also Like
10 Exotic Cars That Made World Debut At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed
10 Exotic Cars That Made World Debut At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed
8 Sports Cars With Three-Cylinder Engines
8 Sports Cars With Three-Cylinder Engines
Jaguar XE 300 Sport And XE SV Project 8 Create Modern Art

Two vastly different sports sedans that share a common thread.

All-New Revolutionary Mazda3 Teased Ahead Of LA Reveal

Along with its game-changing sparkless ignition engine.

WatchThe Extraordinary Nissan GT-R50 Being Built By Hand

It’s all about bending sheet metal the old-fashioned way.

Here's How Aerodynamics Make The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ So Much Faster

Take a behind the scenes look at this amazing system.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

What's Hot