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Technology Can Detect Driver Phone Use

Mon, 2012-05-14 12:24 -- cnicolini

Acoustics can pinpoint whether a driver, or a passenger, is working with a smartphone inside a car in efforts to reduce distracted driving.
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Apr 13 2012 - 12:30pm

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  1. Acoustics–  The science of sound, including its production, travel, and interaction with matter, from musical instruments and the atmosphere to the human ear.
  2. Bluetooth– A technology that uses radio waves to transmit and receive data over a short distance; Bluetooth can wirelessly send audio signals from a mobile phone to car speakers, which then can broadcast test sounds back to the smart phone.
  3. Distracted Driving- Any activity that causes a driver to turn his or her attention away from the road.  Common distractions include talking on the phone, texting, eating, drinking, grooming, reading, using a navigation system, adjusting the radio, CD player or MP3 player.


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