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Can cars be safer if they watch a driver's eyes?

With automakers releasing their 2015 model year vehicles this month, it is expected that many will include crash avoidance systems such as lane integrity warnings, back up cameras and blind spot warning systems. Some models will even include park assist systems, which employ small cameras and radar systems to guide a car into a parking spot.

These systems are the precursors to fully automated cars, which are expected in the next decade. But self-driving cars may not be the only advancements that automakers are working on. General Motors is working on a technology that will track a driver’s eyes to determine if the driver is at risk of falling asleep or is distracted by an electronic device (such as a cell phone). 

A version of the GM technology is already being put to use in the trucking and mining industries. Little is known about the specifics of what GM intends to do, but it is rumored to track a driver’s eyes so that the system can determine whether automatic steering controls are necessary.

Indeed, technological safety advancements can make driving safer, but drivers still have a duty to use reasonable care while driving. This means that they must limit distractions that could take their eyes off the road, even if they don’t have the newest technologies that could keep a car in its lane.

If an accident is caused by a person’s failure to use reasonable care, the offending driver could be held liable. This means that people injured in such an accident can seek compensation for their injuries and damages.

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