Sleepy motorists on West Virginia roads may soon be kept awake by an electronic device designed to vibrate and deliver shocks to a driver who is nodding off behind the whee. Drowsiness is actually one of the biggest threats on the road, and sleepy drivers cause thousands of fatal accidents each year around the country.
Some drivers try to stay awake by relying on numerous cups of black coffee, slamming energy drinks or blasting the radio in order to provide a distraction. However, the developers are seeking financing on a crowdfunding platform to refine a device that would deliver small shocks and vibrations to notify drivers when their vital signs indicate that they are heading toward sleep.
Long-distance driving can pose a particular danger of a car crash, especially at night or on sparsely traveled roads where there is little visual stimulus. Falling asleep while driving can cause accidents that harm occupants of other vehicles.
The potential shock device is designed to measure heart rate and sweat. These signs can indicate when a person is becoming drowsy, especially when measured against their pulse and skin conductance while awake. The device begins to alert drivers with vibrations, but if the dropping vital signs continue, it is designed to deliver a gentle electrical impulse. The small shock is not painful but provides a stronger push to awaken the driver.
Drowsy driving can be a form of negligence. People who have been harmed in a crash caused by a motorist who has nodded off might want to have the help of a lawyer when seeking compensation for medical expenses and other applicable damages.