High tech gadgets in cars distract drivers even more

07 October, 2017, 00:17 | Author: Archie Newman
  • The dashboard based systems allow drivers to text use the radio make phone calls or operate a satellite navigation system

The foundation commissioned researchers from the University of Utah to examine the visual and cognitive demand as well as the time it took drivers to complete a task using the infotainment systems in 30 new 2017 vehicles. "The researchers have found that all models were at least 'moderately distracting" because of the opportunities provided to the driver in the cabin. That's the same amount of time it would take to travel the length of four football fields while driving at 25 miles per hour, which is too much time and too much distance traveled without proper focus on the road.

The study analyzed the 30 vehicles, luxury cars shipping the latest technology, classifying them in the category "very distracting" to " little distracting ".

Of the 30 vehicle systems AAA studied, 23 required high or very high demand on drivers to operate.

"We're off the rails in terms of the level of distractions we're seeing", he said. "When in-vehicle technology is not properly designed, simple tasks for drivers can become complicated and require more effort from drivers to complete".

"Automakers have worked for years to help drivers focus on the road", the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said in a statement to ABC News.

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When it comes to this onboard technology, while almost 70% of United States adults say they want it, but only 24 percent feel that the technology works perfectly. The worst culprits were navigation tasks, which distracted drivers for up to 40 seconds.

AAA says that the infotainment systems should only be used for emergencies and driving related purposes.

Automakers are cramming "infotainment technology" into new cars and drivers are now taking their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time.

Almost 70 percent of US adults say they want the new technologies in their vehicles, but only 24 percent feel that the technology already works perfectly, according to an opinion survey conducted for AAA.

The rise of "infotainment" #Technology in cars has caused a professor to raise concern about the distraction the newest cars are providing for drivers. Other than saying they should instead use their phone, one solution might be to have such touchscreen functions disabled while in motion unless the auto senses two hands on the steering wheel.

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