- Photo credits Volkswagen

Infotainment screens may be more dangerous than drunk driving

This is the stunning result of a study conducted by IAM RoadSmart

1y ago

Modern cars offer extraordinary features that greatly improve user comfort. Screens are getting bigger and systems are becoming more complex to meet customer demands. All this also poses new and unexpected safety issues.

A simple adjustment requires going through many sub-menus, forcing people to take their eyes off the road for longer. On the one hand, these systems are still perfectly legal, while on the other hand, the penalties for using the phone while driving, for example, are getting tougher and tougher.

The IAM RoadSmart Institute has conducted a study comparing the dangerousness of these systems with that of traditional offences punishable by law. The results are particularly worrying. In some cases, it is more dangerous to use the screen of your vehicle than to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs!

Reaction times are longer and even exceed those of using a smartphone while driving. And it gets even worse when you have to stay in the centre of your lane. When choosing music in Spotify via the Apple CarPlay or Android Auto app, reaction times can increase by as much as 57%.

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Photo credits IAM RoadSmart

Photo credits IAM RoadSmart

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Comments (35)

  • It should be regulated that only infotainment controls are on touch screen, all others AC, car set up etc MUST be on classical switch so you can press and know that is pressed without watching , Volvo and Tesla are impossible to do anything without looking , I did make 500+ miles trip in both so I know what I'm saying ...

      1 year ago
    • second this. Create a petition? Of course, Musk will just say "tough titty" as usual.

        1 year ago
    • I third this! Gimme tactile muscle memory with real knobs and switches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        1 year ago
  • Can anybody in the comments tell me why you get a $350+ dollar ticket for doing ANYTHING on your smart phone (cause it's dangerous), but the manufacturers pretty much put the same damn smart phone (but a bigger one) front and center on your dash; and no one gets a ticket for playing on it. It's become the biggest joke! Manufactures know they MUST sell cars with them installed because that's what the people want. Cell phone tickets are a such an easy money grab for cops/gov't, period. Why not ticket people for changing the radio, eating a burger, or brushing their hair, cause it's distracting too?

      1 year ago
  • Don’t know about the drunk driving piece of this report but regarding “infotainment” systems, anything that takes your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel will be more dangerous. How could it not?

      1 year ago
  • while I wholly agree with the general message - I have seen it from several independent sources - I find it hard to believe that hand held phone call is more of a distraction than texting on a smart phone.

    Used to be you could text without looking, back when buttons were real. Today, no.

      1 year ago
  • Yeah, they are. People still use their phones driving even though it's illegal and no one does anything about it. It sucks. I wish those laws were actually enforced.

      1 year ago
    • Well the problem is, at least in my district, even the cops themselves do it. I was on the highway yesterday, I-376, and this white Impala merged on going way too fast. I was doing about 85, the limit is 70, and the impala was going faster than I...

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        1 year ago