A New York Times story about the issue of driver distraction features thoughts from AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer:
While autonomous technology has made driving safer and less taxing, it still requires an attentive driver. But Dr. Reimer at M.I.T. has warned that it can open the door to greater distractions.
In a 2018 TED Talk, he said: “Who would have thought automating simple things like shifting gears would have made it so much easier to pick up the smartphone? With increased automation comes increased responsibility.”
That’s a point that Dr. Reimer often emphasizes. He contends that as new technology eliminates a driving task, drivers tend to look for other activities and distractions to fill the time.
“In pursuit of automation, we’ve pretty much been letting the technology lead the way,” he said. “Forgetting about, to some degree, the behavior of the driver behind the wheel.”
Read the full story here.