Infotainment Systems Growing Complex, Putting Drivers Lives At Risk

Infotainment Systems Growing Complex, Putting Drivers Lives At Risk

Infotainment Systems Growing Complex, Putting Drivers Lives At Risk

"Some in-vehicle technology can create unsafe situations for drivers on the road by increasing the time they spend with their eyes and attention off the road and hands off the wheel", said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Subaru's infotainment system uses a 6.2-inch touchscreen, though there's also a 7-inch, which still requires the driver to look away from the road. With one in three US adults using infotainment systems while driving, AAA cautions that using these technologies while behind the wheel can have risky consequences.

Distracted driving largely goes unreported because most of the drivers involved in the accident do not accept that they were distracted during the driving.

According to a study by the American Automobile Association Foundation, usually the driver of a vehicle moving at the speed of 25 miles per hour takes somewhere around 40 seconds to program the navigation system of the auto.

Researchers say removing eyes from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk of a crash.


Study participants were required to use voice command, touch screen and other interactive technologies to make a call, send a text message, tune the radio or program navigation, all while driving down the road, in 30 new 2017 vehicles.

Some had navigation services that were so hard to use that a auto driving at 25 miles per hour would cover the length of four football pitches by the time the driver had entered a destination. None of the systems generated "low" distraction, according to the researchers.

Of the 30 systems tested, 23 were considered high or very high demand on drivers. However, the Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Santa Fe, Lincoln MKC, Ford F250 XLT and Toyota's Camry, Corolla and Sienna require only "moderate" driver demand.

"The cars that used the screens and the touch pads were probably the ones that made me feel the most uncomfortable", says Meijias. In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a set of voluntary safety guidelines advising automakers to block access to tasks when vehicles are not parked.

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