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AAA: Tech In Your Car Is Distracting You

AAA: Tech In Your Car Is Distracting You

Strayer says the "explosion of technology" has made things worse. The technology is also becoming more complicated to use.

Federal law prohibits train engineers from using cellphones, but there's no federal ban on auto drivers.

The study also found that using voice commands is more demanding than using the touch screen and buttons on a dashboard.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says Delaware State Police reported nearly 6,100 crashes previous year in which driver inattention, distraction, or fatigue was a contributing factor. This is supposed to make controlling these functions easier and less distracting, but the study's authors say the verdict is still out and it plans to assess these systems in future studies.

Strayer recognizes that it will be hard to challenge the tide of touchscreens and features manufacturers are putting in cars, but wants this research to benefit people shopping for cars.

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But Jake Nelson, AAA's director for traffic safety advocacy and research, said drivers took their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel while using infotainment systems in each of the 30 cars and light trucks, all 2017 models, that were tested in the study. David Strayer, a professor at the University of Utah, said, "Some of the most advanced systems are really very hard for the driver to use". Seven were rated "moderate".

"Infotainment" technology that is all the rage in new cars are putting drivers in danger, according to new research. 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 tasks were to make a call, send a text message, tune the radio or program navigation while driving.

Now some automakers already ban some features from being used when the vehicle is moving.

Unsurprisingly, the group found that typing in an address is the most distracting element of these systems; programming navigation takes an average of 40 seconds. "This review will examine the effectiveness of using this new emerging technology to crack down on this reckless behavior and thoroughly evaluate its implications", he told the AP. "Just because you don't have that phone in your hand, does not mean your any safer", Goodman said.

The participants completed audio tests like listening to messages, sending talk-to-text messages and vocal navigation.


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