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New vehicle infotainment systems create increased distractions behind the wheel

New vehicle infotainment systems create increased distractions behind the wheel

The study, led by psychology professor David Strayer, found in-vehicle information systems - including SatNav, MP3 players, radios, cellphones and messaging devices - take drivers' attention off the road for too long to be safe, much like texting.

AAA has released some shocking new research on distracted driving and infotainment systems.

None of the 30 vehicle infotainment systems produced low demand and many of them offered features unrelated to the core task of driving.

The study showed that drivers who used voice commands and touch screens to program Global Positioning System were distracted for an average of 40 seconds, while talk-to-texting tasks took about 30 seconds. That's long enough for a vehicle going 25 miles per hour to travel more than a quarter mile - while the driver is preoccupied with their Global Positioning System. It wants automakers to work more on making screen-based systems quicker and more intuitive to use, with navigation programming and texting on auto screens both disabled while in movement.

Of the 30 systems tested, 23 were considered high or very high demand on drivers.

In particular they point out that touch screen require "high levels of visual and mental demand". Marshall Doney, it's President and CEO, told CNBC: "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".

"Automakers have worked for years to help drivers focus on the road", the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said in a statement to ABC News.

Distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Hands free, is not risk free".

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.

According to a new AAA public opinion survey, almost 70 percent of US adults say they want the new technology in their vehicle, but only 24 percent feel that the technology already works perfectly.

Some automakers have already disabled certain infotainment features when the vehicle is in drive.

A previous AAA study found that using voice commands on a smartphone was more distracting than talking on a smartphone while driving.

A warning is out about the new high-tech gadgets in the cars we drive.


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