The complexity of cars and trucks continues to grow as technology advances and becomes more affordable. Automobiles have been made with computers or engine control units (ECUs) for many years, but now come equipped with built-in GPS, touch screen and voice activated panels and controls, and an abundance of sensors. These sensors, such as a tire pressure sensor, improve safety and reliability.
Connectivity has also increased in cars since internet access is readily available through smartphones and tablet computers. This has made life more convenient, but has lead to a serious problem with distracted driving with 23% of all car accidents in 2011 involving cell phone (textinganddrivingsafety.com).
The engineers at eTracia are actively developing an innovative method, including software and hardware, to block texting while driving. Contact eTracia if you or your company is interested in more details on the technology or for any other automotive safety or sensing needs.