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Is Your In-Vehicle Technology Putting You in More Danger?

Steve Wagner


  • According to AAA, distracted driving claims more than 3,500 lives each year because motor vehicle operators who take their eyes off the road for more than two seconds double their risk of a crash and killing themselves or others.
  • As major carmakers attempt to add safe technologies to new vehicles aimed to create less accident risks, researchers say some systems, such as dashboard touchscreens and digital infotainment features are actually contributing to the distracted driving epidemic.
  • Surprisingly, some of the worst-performing built-in systems are offered by high-end automakers like BMW, Range Rover, and Mercedes.
  • Distracted driving remains a major culprit behind motor vehicle crashes including thousands of Indiana accidents every year, some fatal. Law enforcement officials agree, if the distracted driving trend continues it will surpass deaths from DUI in the next two years.

Researchers Says Some In-Vehicle Technology Systems Create Driver Distraction

AAA researchers have released a new study showcasing the connection and impact of new technologies such as vehicle infotainment systems on distracted driving. The auto safety group rallied 75 drivers to test the systems in 10 new 2017 and 2018 vehicles and concluded that using systems while driving is just not a safe choice to make. Shocking to most was that some systems with already built-in dashboard information systems in most new vehicles made by BMW, Range Rover, and Mercedes could actually create more distractions for drivers.

According to the AAA study, it takes longer to make a phone call with a dashboard touchscreen system than it should, and longer to get driving directions than using apps such as Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto.

  • Apps send information from a user’s phone or mobile device to their car’s dashboard information systems and are less distracting for drivers than other systems now on the market.
  • Making a hands-free call with the apps is at least 20 percent less distracting than using built-in systems.

Though researchers were quick to say that while these types of apps are easier to use than built-in systems, they are still distracting enough to keep drivers from operating a motor vehicle safely. In addition, it is recommended that dashboard information systems and other in-vehicle technologies should not be used to perform complex tasks while driving.

Distracted Driving Continues to Kill

We feel the last thing drivers should be doing is spending time messing with new technologies while behind the wheel, especially since distracted driving remains a major culprit behind most preventable crashes and thousands of Indiana car accidents each year. In fact, taking a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, enough time to run a traffic light or not see a pedestrian crossing the road can create fatal outcomes. In fact, for the first time ever, distracted driving trends have started to surpass deaths from DUI.

Several safe driving apps have been created to directly block a driver from using their phone and help keep their attention where it belongs … on the road. Perhaps we need in-vehicle apps to do the same? What do you think? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook.

Car Makers Should Be Creating Technologies to Keep Drivers Safe

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries as a result of a dangerous or distracted driver or have been involved in an accident resulting in the death of a loved one because of a new in-vehicle technology system, the attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve and work to recover a loss of wages, medical bills, or other damages you encountered because of your injury.

Call us today for a risk-free, no-cost consultation at (888) 204-8440. We can also collect your information and call you back after you have completed our easy online intake form.


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