Wireless Internet has become a staple in restaurants, homes and countless commercial establishments. Recent reports indicate that car manufacturers are planning to implement this technology in vehicles. But is this a good idea or a recipe for disaster?
Although the Internet has revolutionized how people communicate and absorb information, smartphones and other mobile devices contribute to thousands of car accidents on U.S. roads every year. These crashes often leave victims with overwhelming debt due to medical bills and lost income.
If you were in a crash in Texas, then the Luke Dow Law Firm may be able to help. As an Austin personal-injury attorney, Luke Dow is committed to assisting those who have fallen victim to the negligence of others. To schedule a consultation, call 512-518-4104.
Until then, read on learn the impact that Wi-Fi may have on future vehicles:
Wi-Fi and Crash Avoidance Technology
According to ZDNet.com, future cars may come with Wi-Fi systems that will include crash avoidance technology. While this may have been a popular trend in various TV shows and movies, it is fast becoming a reality in the automotive industry.
The Wi-Fi system will help cars communicate with one another and prevent collisions. It may also alert drivers to potential dangers, and link with traffic lights and other signals to ensure that drivers do not make errors while behind the wheel. There are still some bugs that manufacturers need to sort out before this is a reality in all vehicles, but this technology may come sooner than you think.
Wi-Fi as a Distraction
Despite the potential benefits, Popular Mechanics believes that built-in Wi-Fi may be a dangerous addition to vehicles. Specifically, it can distract drivers.
In-car Wi-Fi will allow drivers to check updates on social media and surf the internet, and this may be too much temptation to resist. Distracted driving is a major contributor to accidents in the United States, and fast Wi-Fi in vehicles may aggravate the situation.
Cognitive distractions from Wi-Fi may cause drivers to overlook roadway hazards and traffic signs. Despite what many drivers think, the brain is not able to multitask, even if the driver is using a hands-free device.
Critics, however, say that the majority of the U.S. population that owns a cell phone has access to the Internet behind the wheel – even without Wi-Fi. Therefore, adding this technology would not necessarily worsen the situation.
There may come a time when car accidents are no longer a reality, but until then, defensive driving remains one of the best ways to avoid a collision. Unfortunately, even the safest drivers can fall victim to the negligence of other motorists.
If you were in a crash with a distracted driver in Texas, then contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. An Austin personal-injury lawyer can evaluate your accident and determine if you may have valid grounds for a claim. Call us today at 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.