Infotainment screens may be more dangerous than drunk driving
This is the stunning result of a study conducted by IAM RoadSmart
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