Bloomberg has created a series of data visualizations demonstrating the widespread use of phones by individuals driving vehicles. The visualizations show that half of all individuals use their phones while driving at least ten percent of the time. In addition, the visualizations illustrate that drivers in New York City called, texted, or used apps on their phones roughly 22 percent of the time they were driving during the summer of 2019. Bloomberg created the visualizations using data from TrueMotion, a smartphone-based platform that tracks phone usage while driving.
Visualizing The Data Behind Distracted Driving in the United States
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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