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Infotainment Systems Pose Distracted Driving Risks

06 October 2017

"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", said Marshall Doney, AAA's president and CEO.

Researchers developed an advanced rating scale that measured both the visual and mental demand and the time it took to complete a task using each vehicle's infotainment system.

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Texting and talking on the phone may not be the only causes of distracted driving accidents. With one in three USA adults using infotainment systems while driving, AAA cautions that using these technologies while behind the wheel can have unsafe consequences.

New so-called "infotainment" systems in cars may distract drivers for "potentially risky periods of time", AAA said in a study released today. A new study now shows that vehicles themselves can be a distraction.

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Considering that the Automobile Club of America says taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds can double the risk of a crash, the study's findings are troubling.

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. And it's becoming more complicated to use. At 25 miles per hour, a auto can travel the length of four football fields during the time it takes to enter a destination. And, the infotainment system should be designed in a way that drivers don't have to focus much on them to operate. Programming navigation while driving was available in 12 of the 30 vehicle systems tested. However, the Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Santa Fe, Lincoln MKC, Ford F250 XLT and Toyota's Camry, Corolla and Sienna require only "moderate" driver demand. However, 24% feel that the technology now in the vehicle is enough to work perfectly and do not need any advance technology.

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Infotainment Systems Pose Distracted Driving Risks