Is Your Car's Technology Driving You to Distraction?

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The researchers also found that 23 of the systems required high or very high attention from the drivers.

AAA has released some shocking new research on distracted driving and infotainment systems. The researchers examined infotainment systems in 30 vehicles from the 2017 model year.

A University of Utah researcher found drivers can be distracted for as long as 40 seconds while trying to navigate their touch-screen infotainment systems or sending a text message. When driving at 25 miles per hour, a driver can travel the length of four football fields during the time it could take to enter a destination in navigation-all while distracted from the important task of driving. Twenty-three put "high" or "very high" demand on drivers' attention. Marshall Doney, it's President and CEO, told CNBC: "Drivers want technology that is safe and easy to use, but numerous features added to infotainment systems today have resulted in overly complex and sometimes frustrating user experiences for drivers". The frustration that comes when it doesn't work like it is supposed to, well that is distracting to a driver as well.


"We've got an bad lots of buttons in the vehicle", said driving instructor Ron Vance of GoDriving.co in Saco.

"We welcome the innovation and technology into the vehicle". Texting was the second-most distracting task performed by test drivers.

Creature comforts inside automobiles are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with a larger emphasis placed on the infotainment system. As technology becomes more integrated into cars, making sure that it happens safely is a growing challenge for automakers and drivers alike.


The guidelines also recommend automakers prevent drivers from texting while driving, but three-quarters of the vehicles tested permit drivers to text while the auto is moving.

AAA president and CEO Marshall Doney said, "Automakers should aim to reduce distractions by designing systems that are no more visually or mentally demanding than listening to the radio".

New in-car technology systems are "too distracting" despite being created to curtail the use of handheld mobile devices while driving, the American Automobile Association found in a new report.


The rise of "infotainment" #Technology in cars has caused a professor to raise concern about the distraction the newest cars are providing for drivers. "Just because a technology is available while driving does not mean it is safe or easy to use when behind the wheel".

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