On The Early Morning Of October 27, 2014, High School Sophomore

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On the early morning of October 27, 2014, high school sophomore Ethan Wong was in a hurry to get to school. He was prepped for the programming presentation he had to present that day. On his bike commute to school, he stopped at a red light, next to a gravel truck. When the light turned green, the last view Ethan saw was his bike getting entangled with the truck’s wheels. He died on the way to the hospital. He had turned sixteen-years-old just eleven days earlier. He never got the chance to say goodbye to his family. When authorities questioned the driver, he revealed that he was having a conversation on his hands-free device while driving on an unknown route. Although car and technology companies might argue that hands-free devices are a…show more content…
One such device is Apple’s CarPlay, which is an advanced display dashboard console that presents a large, focused view of information, such as GPS or speech to text. (Huynh 1). As with other hands-free devices, the driver’s mind and eyes are still taken off the road, which increases the risk of distraction. Technology companies have not just limited themselves to devices; also creating applications that can be installed on users cellphones. One application, called SafeRide, locks down the user’s cellphone while the vehicle is in motion (“SafeRide”). However, the app has remained unnoticed and relies on a somewhat delayed Bluetooth connection between the cellphone and vehicle, and the contents of the cellphone can still be accessed with a hands-free device. Perhaps the most advanced technological development is software that allows for autonomous vehicles. Car company Telsa has created two add-ons for its vehicle lineup, Enhanced Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability, both of which use sensors and cameras to survey the landscape surrounding the vehicle in order to make decisions on the road (“Telsa”). Not all the flaws have been ironed out, as evidenced by a fatal car crash in May 2016, where a Telsa vehicle collided with a semi-truck (Simonite). Although the safest solution to using hands-free devices is to not use any device and just focus on the

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