Sleep risk of driver­less car

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DRIVER­LESS cars risk lulling those be­hind the wheel into a false sense of se­cu­rity — and even to sleep, sci­en­tists warn.

With some mod­els able to stay in their lane or keep a safe dis­tance from traf­fic, man­u­fac­tur­ers are push­ing for more au­to­ma­tion as Google leads the way in com­pletely driver­less cars.

But alert­ness in the driver’s seat is nec­es­sary in case a car or pedes­trian get in the way and ac­tion needs to be taken.

Re­searchers from Stan­ford Univer­sity in the US found that, of 48 stu­dents told to mon­i­tor the road and car while in the driver’s seat, 13 be­gan to nod off and so could not pay at­ten­tion.

How­ever, when made to fo­cus on a screen of words or video while in the car, only three of the stu­dents fell asleep.

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