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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

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Texting while driving is illegal in 49 U.S. states.

Car companies are stepping up efforts to tackle the longtime problem of distracted driving by installing cameras and other monitoring technology in vehicles to detect when a drivers attention wanders from the road.

Credit: Anthony Souffle/Minneapolis Star Tribune/Zuma Press

Automakers are accelerating initiatives to address distracted driving by equipping vehicles with monitoring technology.

Volvo Cars announced its plan to launch eye tracking devices across over the next several years, which will broadcast alerts or restrict vehicle speed when gaze readings indicate the driver's eyes are off the road too long.

Subaru last year outfitted its Forester crossover with a driver-monitoring system that beeps if drivers' eyelids droop, or their focus drifts for extended periods.

Other manufacturers are setting up sensor-driven detection software to determine driver fatigue or inattention by checking steering patterns and how often the vehicle drifts out of its lane.

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