'Textalyzer' Technology Takes Aim at Distracted Drivers

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 0:16 AM

A bill sponsored by NY State Sen. Terrence Murphy calls for a textalyzer technology to be used in the field after a collision. The proposal is for a technology that'd be able to look if a driver was distracted by their phone, without providing access to photos, messages, contacts and other private data.

'Textalyzer' Technology Takes Aim at Distracted Drivers

The breathalyzer could be getting a companion in the future: the textalyzer, a device that could check to look if a driver'south phone was in utilize in the moments prior to or during a car accident.

A bill sponsored by NY State Sen. Terrence Murphy calls for a textalyzer technology to be used in the field after a collision. The proposal is for a technology that'd be able to look if a driver was distracted by their phone, without providing access to photos, messages, contacts and other private data. If a driver doesn't comply, he or she could risk losing their license, according to the proposal.

"Empowering our law enforcement with technology, which is able to immediately define cell phone usage without an inquiry into the content will authorize enforcement of these laws after an accident while still protecting fundamental privacy rights," Murphy'south bill reads.

Below the bill'south current language, a driver would give "implied consent" for field testing of their phone to be conducted by a police officer "at or close the time of the accident or collision, which provides the grounds for such testing. Number such electronic scanning shall comprise the content or origin of any communication, game conducted, image or electronic data viewed on a mobile telephone or a portable electronic device."

Israeli firm Cellebrite says it already has technology that allows it to check the recent action of many smartphones. Jim Grady, the company'south CEO, said in a statement that Cellebrite is developing a tool for officers to detect smartphone usage while still protecting the privacy of the user.

The grouping Distracted Operators Risk Casualties worked with lawmakers on the bill. Co-founder Ben Lieberman'south son Evan was killed in two thousand-eleventh in a crash with a distracted driver. The law has been named "Evan'south Law" in his honor.

"The latest thing we wish to do is infringe on anyone’s privacy," Lieberman told ABC News today. "We realize there is a problem but it's not being addressed at the scene of the collision. People are going to be amazed at how much this affects us. You're impaired to the level of drunk driving."

The U. S. Centers for Sickness Control and Prevention reports the average text takes a user'south eyes off the road for long sufficient to travel the length of a football field at hwy speeds. More than eight people are killed every day in the United States and 1.161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver, according to the CDC.

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