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Study: Improving technology still proves as a distraction for drivers

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AAA teamed with researchers from the University of Utah conducted a study to see how demanding it is using the latest Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and automakers infotainment system, while driving. AAA teamed with researchers from the University of Utah conducted a study to see how demanding it is using the latest Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and automakers infotainment system, while driving.

Ever-changing technology creates more opportunities to improve our lifestyles. But are these improvements creating bigger distractions in our vehicles?

AAA teamed with researchers from the University of Utah conducted a study to see how demanding it is using the latest Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and automakers infotainment system while driving.

Drivers used five different 2017 and 2018 model vehicles. They were asked to perform calls, texting, selecting audio entertainment and input navigation. The results found, using CarPlay and Android Auto were less demanding than the native vehicle systems. But according to Dr. David Strayer that doesn’t mean they’re safer.

"Even so, some of those features are still too distracting," said Strayer, a professor at the University of Utah. "And with the features and functions that are available, with Android Auto and CarPlay in some situations it may be distracting the driver to levels that are still unsafe."

CarPlay and Android Auto were deemed a moderate level of demand. The native systems were deemed a very high level of demand. But with all three, inputting navigation and texting were rated very high or high for demand.

"Those features are best done when the car is stopped. Even though they can be done while the car’s in motion it’s not necessarily safe to do so."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is responsible for more than 390,000 injuries and 3,500 deaths each year.

AAA cautions that all systems are still dangerous to use while driving and the only ones that should be used are those that require a low demand.

"What we’re seeing right now are touch screens, heads-up displays, gesture controls and voice controls. That are just, in many cases, too distracting. We’re seeing that unfortunately, we’re many times going in the wrong direction.what used to be a simple button press or turn of a knob is now a complex interaction that may go wrong." 

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