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Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech


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Testing a driver for susceptibility to distraction.

Advanced driver-assistance technologies can help prevent accidents caused by distracted driving.

Credit: Dan Campbell/AAA

Advanced driver-assistance technologies can help prevent accidents caused by distracted driving, by automatically halting the vehicle when a collision is looming, and by keeping the car between lane lines.

Cellphones are a key cause of driver distraction, as are in-vehicle infotainment systems; despite the addition of voice activation to minimize manual interaction with the latter, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found such systems' cognitive and visual demands inconsistent, and in many cases forced drivers to focus on the task at hand rather than on driving.

AAA's testing of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto products, which allow drivers to control cellphones via the infotainment system, determined they both distracted drivers less than built-in infotainment systems.

However, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Bryan Reimer warned autonomous vehicle technology has the unintended effect of causing drivers to seek other forms of distraction.

From The New York Times
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