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Vehicle infotainment systems may pose risk to drivers

Nowadays, many vehicles come equipped with dashboard infotainment systems including touchscreens that allow motorists to play music, look up directions, and access countless applications. While this advanced technology makes our lives easier, it can also distract drivers and lead to serious car accidents.

A new study by AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed that these dashboard displays often require drivers to lose focus and take their eyes off the road, putting them at risk for an accident. Drivers participating in the study were required to complete multiple tasks while driving (e.g. make phone calls, adjust the radio, send texts) via voice command, touch screens and other forms of dashboard technology. The drivers drove a variety of new 2017 and 2018 vehicles, with a variety of infotainment systems.

The study measured both the cognitive and visual demand on drivers using these systems and found that out of the 40 infotainment systems tested, 29 of the systems created high or very high levels of demand, while no systems created low levels of demand. According to the University of Utah researchers who ran the study, systems that work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto appear to be safer than other systems, but still require unsafe levels of driver attention.

Researchers also discovered that even seemingly quick tasks, such as programming navigation, can cause a significant mental and/or visual distraction. In fact, programming navigation, on average, took drivers 40 seconds to complete and was determined to be the biggest distraction for drivers.

Despite these risks, many Californians use their dashboard systems while driving. If you have been in an accident involving a distracted driver, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries and damages. A Stockton attorney can evaluate your potential personal injury claim and advise you on what to do next.

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