Get Behind the Driver’s Seat for a Timely Inside Look at Distracted Driving in “3 Seconds Behind the Wheel”

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29 September 2018
3 Seconds Behind the Wheel
Courtesy of 3-BoydProductions - CPTV
 “3 Seconds Behind the Wheel”
Premieres on Public Television Stations Beginning Monday, October 1
(Check your local listings)

          3 Seconds Behind the Wheel is a new documentary that follows the lives of eight drivers over six months using in-car cameras and tracking technology to monitor the often-hidden behavior of distracted drivers. Why three seconds? That’s how long it takes to drive across a football field, send a message or choose a song. That’s also the amount of time many drivers are engaged in activities that can impact their capacity to safely drive their vehicles. The eye-opening new one-hour film premieres on public television stations beginning October 1, 2018 (check local listings).

3 Seconds Behind the Wheel
Courtesy of 3-BoydProductions - CPTV
          Produced by Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) in partnership with Boyd Productions, 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel explores driving patterns that are impacting road safety today. Producers gathered, observed and examined weekly data from subjects in Florida and Connecticut to get a fresh picture of the many activities drawing drivers’ attention off the task of driving. Study participants ranged in age from 18 to 65 years old. In addition, experts from MIT, Cambridge Mobile Telematics, Safety Track and the University of Connecticut all helped with the project by providing monitoring equipment, data storage, expert analysis and plain, old-fashioned advice.

3 Seconds Behind he Wheel
Photo: Jonathan Olson
         “We don’t have a distraction epidemic; we really have an attention epidemic,” noted Bryan Reimer, Research Scientist, MIT. “We really need to begin asking the question: What is the distraction? Could it be that the act of driving has become the distraction from the communication and infotainment world that we all live in?”

          “It is very interesting to see that there are people doing a lot of things in their cars besides driving,” added Jackson. “It’s almost as if driving has become too boring of a task. We can’t just drive anymore.”

          In addition to following drivers, 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel gives audiences a firsthand look at emerging technologies that could one day offer solutions to rising crash statistics. The documentary features research being done at Google with driving simulators to help develop next-generation in-car infotainment systems, and explores how one company, based in Sweden, is developing technology that could one day allow cars to understand our feelings and make driving decisions based on our own individual needs.

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