New technology in cars causing problems behind the wheel

U.S. & World

Most new vehicles these days offer technology utilizing voice commands, touch screens, and smartphone integration.

A new study from AAA and the University of Utah looked at just how distracting this technology can be.

Researchers asked drivers to perform tasks using built-in infotainment systems and smartphone-based systems: Apple Carplay and Android Auto. They then measured the level of demand on the driver.

“What we found was that both Carplay and Android Auto out-performed the system you would get with the car when you purchased it,” said David Strayer, a University of Utah researcher.

Using either of those smart phone systems to make a call was five seconds faster on average than using the built-in system on the five 2017 and 2018 models tested.

Even so, drivers who take their eyes off the road for more than two seconds can double their risk of a crash.

“Many of the things you can do in the car really shouldn’t be done while you’re driving,” Strayer said. 

Strayer says that includes programming navigation and texting, which can be unsafe with any system.

“All of the in-vehicle infotainment systems that are available to consumers today are more demanding than what AAA would recommend,” said Jake Nelson, AAA Director of Traffic Safety and Advocacy. 

A reminder that your number one task while driving is driving. 

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