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Our eyes or our minds – what causes driver distraction?
What is the key to avoid distracted driving?
Which aspect of driver distraction has the most critical effect on driver performance? Surely this is a big question that occupies driver monitoring developers and car manufacturers all over the world.
With a reality where the smartphone has practically become an extension of our own bodies and the risk of being involved in a car crash increases with 83 % by texting or doing similar visual-manual tasks while driving, one can wonder, is the problem with texting while driving mainly a question of dividing your attention between two different tasks, or simply shifting your gaze location enough to impair your driving performance?
This question intrigued a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), led by postdoc Benjamin Wolfe.
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