Friday, 20 October, 2017

Complicated 'infotainment' vehicle increasing risk of road deaths

Complicated 'infotainment' car increasing risk of road deaths Forget texting, the most dangerous distractions for drivers come with the car
Carlton Santiago | 07 October, 2017, 00:17

According to the AAA Study, infotainment systems on cars such as the Tesla Model S, Audi Q7 and Volvo XC60 require "very high" demand on the driver.

The AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety commissioned the study, and they have found the results to be alarming.

Strayer found that some vehicle infotainment systems are more distrating than others, and some are more hard to operate, but that they all divert a driver's attention. While driving at the 25 miles per hour limit in the study, that would mean the auto travelling nearly 1 mile or 1.6 kilometers without the driver paying full attention. Programming navigation and sending a text message.

Researchers developed an advanced rating scale to measure the various demands experienced by drivers using each vehicle's infotainment system.

"A lot of these tasks, like texting and navigation and so forth, have high visual demand; they're also associated with high mental demand", David Strayer, a psychology professor at the University of Utah, told ABC News' David Kerley. With one in three US adults using infotainment systems while driving, AAA cautions that using these technologies while behind the wheel can have unsafe consequences. "Drivers should only use these technologies for legitimate emergencies or urgent, driving related purposes".

"Hands free, is not risk free".

Infotainment systems are typically touch-screen based systems that provide directions, music, phone capability and radio, among other options.

"We welcome the innovation and technology into the vehicle".

"Automakers should aim to reduce distractions by designing systems that are no more visually or mentally demanding than listening to the radio or an audiobook", said Doney. In 2015, however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded that 3,477 people were killed and around 391,000 were injured in motor vehicles because of distracted drivers.

NY state's Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, told the Associated Press in July that the state is testing technology that will allow police to identify drivers who are texting and driving.

Study reveals cars already have plenty of things to distract drivers.

AAA also indicated that driver frustration with these infotainments systems increases cognitive demand and thus raises the potential for distracted driving.

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