High tech gadgets in cars distract drivers even more

High tech gadgets in cars distract drivers even more

High tech gadgets in cars distract drivers even more

"Drivers should avoid using hand held devices", the Association of Global Automakers told ABC in a statement, "but rather use in-vehicle systems".

Infotainment systems distract drivers, and navigation systems could be the biggest culprit, according to a new study.

Researchers developed an advanced rating scale to measure the various demands experienced by drivers using each vehicle's infotainment system.

New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that drivers using in-vehicle technologies - like voice-activated and touch-screen features - were visually and mentally distracted for more than 40 seconds. Worse, programming navigation took an average of 40 seconds to complete. Radio use and entering a destination, however, caused drivers to take their eyes off the road for the longest periods of time, researchers found.

Last week the UK Government published statistics on road deaths in 2016 which revealed that deaths from crashes resulting from in-vehicle distractions had risen 39 per cent on the previous year to 140.

Previous AAA research indicates one in three USA adults use infotainment systems while driving.

What's been done to reduce accidents due to distracted driving? . "We welcome the opportunity to meet with other interested parties to discuss the report's recommendations and ways to mitigate driver distraction", added Doney.

"What we're seeing is that many of these companies have enabled technology that's very demanding and not consistent with the NHTSA guidelines".

With options for sending texts, surfing the internet and checking social media in some tech packages, the risks only go up from there. A low level of demand equates to listening to the radio or an audiobook, while very high demand is equivalent to trying to balance a checkbook while driving.

Even hands-free technology, which is meant to be safer, can create mental and visual distractions for the driver, the study found.

"These are solvable problems".

Now some automakers already ban some features from being used when the vehicle is moving. His work has focused on the new breed of infotainment systems, complicated resources for entertainment and driver info.

In the past, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has suggested that auto companies make some of the new infotainment technology only functional when a vehicle is in park.

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