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New tech provides solutions to distracted driving

Many safety advocates in Pennsylvania want to reverse the dangerous trend of distracted driving. Since the main factor in this trend is smartphone use, it may sound ironic to say that new technology will be the solution. However, the introduction of two new devices may be convincing enough as proof. While one product is currently in its pilot phase, the other is already on the market.

The pilot-phase device is a product called Groove that has been developed by the Colorado-based company Katasi. Groove plugs into the car, just beneath the steering wheel, and links the driver's phone to a cloud. Phone providers, upon being alerted that the user is driving, can then block all messages, calls and social media updates to the phone. This is a step up from those free apps that only silence incoming communications. Another advantage is that Groove will prevent texting as well as access to social media.

Another option is a device called Drive ID, which has already been put on the market by the Louisiana-based company Cellcontrol. Anyone can purchase this solar-powered device, attach it to the windshield and have it block incoming communications and video game access. What's unique about Drive ID is that it recognizes separate zones and will not affect passengers' phones. It can also record driver performance, creating reports for the benefit of administrators.

Those who suffer a car accident injury because of another's negligence can consult with a lawyer about being reimbursed for any medical expenses, vehicle damage, lost wages and other losses. The lawyer could utilize a wide network of professionals who can gather evidence that shows how the defendant was negligent.

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