Strengthening automobile safety is the objective of several senators who have tabled bills in this direction in the United States. One of them, called SAFE act for Stay Aware for Everyone, concerns driver vigilance.
Towards a compulsory surveillance system?
It assumes that driver assistance systems are possible objects of distraction. The text requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to launch a study on the subject. If the results confirm it, the idea would be to impose a monitoring system for drivers, while respecting their data. It could become mandatory on all new vehicles and not just those with an advanced assistance system.
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There are already devices with cameras to track head and eye movements to make sure the driver keeps their attention on the road. If this is not the case, there is the possibility of issuing visual and audible alerts. When a driver does not respond, it is possible to deport the car to the side of the road and even call for help.
Accidents involving Tesla
The context is particular, in the midst of the controversy over a tragic accident with a Tesla Model S in Houston, which claimed the lives of two people on April 17. It seems that there was no one behind the wheel. But the investigation continues without having yet determined the causes of the crash. Several other investigations are underway regarding accidents involving Tesla.