Emotion detectors could make driving safer

Technology now allows us to read facial expressions and identify which of the seven universal emotions a person is feeling: fear, anger, joy, sadness, disgust, surprise, or suspicion. This is very useful in video game development, medicine, marketing, and, perhaps less obviously, in driver safety. We know that in addition to fatigue, the emotional state of the driver is a risk factor.

New research says: cellphone use+driving=death...not so much

You are more likely to kill yourself reading this article than you are talking on your cellphone and driving. That's our guess, but for almost 20 years, it has been a wide-held belief that talking on a cellphone while driving is dangerous and leads to more accidents. However, new research from Carnegie Mellon University and the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests that talking on a cellphone while driving does not increase crash risk.  

Now your car can report you for cellphone driving

As governments around the world struggle to dissuade people from using cellphones while driving, Indian researchers have cut the Gordian knot.

Video game tech adapted for real world driving

If you've ever played a racing game with a specialized steering wheel, chances are you've experienced haptic feedback when hitting an object, another vehicle, or veering off the side of the road.

Safety board calls for phone ban while driving

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called for a full,  nationwide ban on using any sort of electronic device, including phones, while driving.

Only in Detroit: 9 year old girl drives drunken dad around

The craziest things seem to happen in Detroit. A recent example of this would be the drunken dad who bragged to a gas station employee that he was making his 9-year-old daughter act as his designated driver.

Texting doubles drivers' reaction time

Texting while driving affects a driver's reaction time far more than thought - more than doubling it, says a Texas Transportation Institute research team.

BMW debuts Ulimate Drive app

Do you enjoy driving your shiny BMW but feel like all the sweet routes are passing you by? Well, at the risk of sounding clichéd, yes there is an app to help with that.

Hands-free calls could be just as dangerous on the roads

You don't need to be fumbling over a text to be a dangerous driver - hands-free voice calls can be just as dangerous, a driving safety organization has warned.

Gamers think they're better drivers - but they're not

Video gamers make rubbish drivers, according to a study by Continental Tyres - though they think they're the bee's knees.

Distracted driving deaths fall - but teens still text at the wheel

Teens are failing to get the text-driving message, according to a survey carried out for insurance company State Farm.

Adults worse than teens for phoning while driving

It seems teens are more responsible than adults when it comes to driver distraction: they're less likely to have used a cellphone at the wheel.

Only 2.5% of people can call-and-drive successfully

Do you really think you can use a cell phone and drive at the same time, without losing any focus at all? If you can, you're a very rare breed, according to a study that looked at a new way to analyze the mobile phone effect while driving.

'Supertaskers' can drive safely while on the phone

A very small number of people can drive safely while talking on the phone, University of Utah psychologists have found.

A fifth of British drivers use Facebook at the wheel

What to do if the government bans texting while driving? Fear not. In the UK, where there's already legislation against it, drivers have found a solution: update your Facebook page instead.