Drivers 10 percent driving time they spend on secondary tasks and 4 percent. they use a mobile phone to write messages or make calls, note European researchers. Smartphones at the wheel They are also used by professional drivers, much more readily when the engine is idling or when the vehicle is moving slowly. In addition, truckers are often distracted while driving. The results of the UDRIVE project show that almost 20%. working time using electronic devices or eating meals.
In turn, Motor Transport Institute (ITS) estimates, based on police data, show that even one in four accidents in Poland it may be because the driver was using a cell phone.
The phone plus the driver is 10 times more at risk of an accident
– Mobile devices, mainly telephones, are the most dangerous distraction factors for drivers – said Marcin Ślęzak, director of the Motor Transport Institute. Research shows that even talking on a hands-free kit worsens the brain’s ability to see obstacles and see. There may be other factors to this. A moving conversation with another passenger, loud music or a meal that, on the one hand, distracts attention from what is happening on the road and, on the other hand, forces you to take your hands off the wheel. All this increases the risk of a road accident – he underlined.
How high ? ITS data, consistent with United Nations calculations, indicate that up to 90 percent road accidents it is caused by a driver error who did not correctly perceive the danger or started to brake too late. Only looking away from the road for 2 seconds doubles the likelihood of a crash, and smartphone support can do just that increase the risk up to 10 times!
In Poland, every 23 minutes. there is a road accident
– Road safety analyses, even if they improve every year, do not give us cause for optimism – rated Ślęzak. – Statistically every 23 minutes there is a road accident in Poland. In addition to the main reasons, i.e. the inadequacy of the speed to the traffic conditions, non-compliance with the right of way, non-compliance with a safety distance between vehicles or incorrect overtaking, there also exists the aforementioned distraction – added.
According to Eurostat, Poles travel 17 km every day. Most of the time, 46.5%. they need to get to work, 16.5 percent. for meetings and for activities related, for example, to education – 9.4%. weather. In the case of Vistula drivers, more than 48%. of them use a car for their daily trips and 10% are their passengers. While the latter are not focused on driving, the driver should be focused. But according to representatives of ITS Drivers will soon be aided by modern technology.
Autonomous cars already in this decade and will replace drivers.
– Autonomous vehiclesi.e. those that can move without driver intervention, will make roads safer – rated Ślęzak. – Another benefit of self-propelled mobility will be that the driver of the vehicle will also be able to perform other activities, such as working safely on a computer or studying. Autonomous vehicles will therefore free up the time that many of us are currently wasting unproductively, as the average Pole spends up to 100 hours per year – he calculated.
According to him, artificial intelligence in vehicles will be the next step in the evolution of the automotive market. It’s supposed to be safer – US calculations indicate that intelligent vehicles will reduce the number of accidents on US roads by 33%.
Self-driving cars will be on Polish roads around 2030 – the forecasts of the Motorized Transport Institute. According to scientists, new technologies will reduce the number of accidents. Drivers will lose some skills and may be replaced by computers.
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