Voice-Controlled A.I. Assistants Can Save Your Life

Voice-Controlled A.I. Assistants Can Save Your Life

Back in 2009, the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) launched its "Decide to Drive" campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Today, the AAOS is also sounding the alarm over distracted walking. Its research finds the number of injuries to pedestrians using their phones has more than doubled since 2004 - everything from falling down stairs to stepping in front of on-coming traffic. Our OV intelligent headphones with voice control for Amazon Alexa Voice are convenient and fun to use, but considering these statistics, it’s important to emphasize how using your voice to control your A.I. assistant can keep you safe while walking or driving.

We found some hilarious videos that warn people about keeping their eyes trained on their smartphone screens, this one name appropriately named “Woman Falls in Mall Fountain While Texting.”

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The AAOS produced this video comparing someone who’s looking down at his phone while walking to a zombie. But there’s one glaring error: all the other people on the sidewalks or in their cars see him coming, and jump out of his way or hit their brakes. In reality, most of those people would be looking down at their phones too.  

Rising Risks to Pedestrians
"This is unprecedented and, quite honestly, shocking. I've been in the highway safety field 35 years, we just don't see record increases, let alone consecutive years of record increases."

That’s what the Richard Retting with the Governors Highway Safety Association told CNN after revealing his research found there were 6,000 pedestrian deaths in 2016, the highest number in more than two decades. In fact, since 2010, pedestrian fatalities have grown at four times the rate of overall traffic deaths. Pedestrians and drivers share the blame.

Texting while driving remains a huge problem. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and nearly 400,000 injured in accidents caused by distracted drivers.

The AAOS expanded its injury-prevention efforts to include distracted walking after finding that many people who participated in the study appear to be in a state of denial:

  • 78 percent of adults feel distracted walking is a “serious” issue, but only 29 percent admitted they are part of the problem.

  • 90 percent of study participants said they had seen people walking while talking on phones, but only 37 percent admitted to doing it themselves.

The good news is that once you start using your voice to access Alexa with our OV intelligent headphones, you’ll never have to take your phone out of your pocket or bag, whether you’re walking along the sidewalk, biking down the street or driving down the highway.  The OV is available to purchase now, simply head over to this page on our web site.

But please don’t wait for the delivery truck to arrive.

If you use a smartphone, you have access to a voice controlled A.I. assistant, be it Google Now or Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, or even the Blackberry Assistant. They all enable you to do everything from composing and reading text messages and emails, to asking for directions with just your voice. You don’t have to tap your screen, or even look at it.

Keep your head up, and you’ll keep yourself and your fellow drivers and pedestrians safe.