The answer to our texting while driving woes: Cars that drive themselves

Texting while driving can cause you to lose your concentration and ultimately result in an accident. A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) found that the collision risk for drivers who sent text messages went up 23 times over those drivers who did not use texting devices.

Hands up, those of you who’ve talked on the phone while driving, without using a hands-free device. Now even scarier, hands up, those of you who’ve written a text message while driving. And finally, hands up, those of you who’ve checked your reflection in the rear-view mirror while driving.

We all know these are things we shouldn’t do while hurtling along the highway. We also know we shouldn’t allow ourselves to get distracted by the sight of a pretty girl walking down the street, or a banner outside a shop advertising the latest handphone you’ve been thinking of buying, or a new restaurant that looks as if it could be selling, wait a minute, you’re going too fast and you can’t quite read what that was, but if you crane your neck you just might be able to ...

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