Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 at 1:34 pm
According to a recent research study funded by the AAA foundation for traffic safety, touch screen systems on many of our new vehicles are too distracting and are putting motorists at risk of crashes. Researchers at the University of Utah tested 30 vehicles with infotainment systems and concluded that all of them were distracting to some degree.
This is significant because the NHTSA test concluded that distracted driving is a major reason why crashes have increased in recent years. In 2015, the number of deadly crashes related to distracted driving jumped 8.8%.
The study conducted by the AAA found that none of the systems earned a “low” distraction rating. Jake Nelson, the director of traffic safety advocacy and researcher for the AAA said that automakers should improve their systems by preventing people from accessing certain features while the vehicle is in motion. For example, many vehicles allow the driver to program directions while operating the vehicle. This task takes an average of 40 seconds which means that the driver will travel the length of 4 football fields if traveling at only 25 mph.
The study found that the most distracting infotainment systems are contained in the following vehicles:
• Audi Q7 QPP
• Chrysler 300 C
• Dodge Durango
• Ford Mustang GT
• GMC Yukon SLT
• Honda Civic Touring
• Honda Ridgeline RTL-E
• Mazda3 Touring
• Nissan Armada SV
• Subaru Crosstrek Premium
• Tesla Model S
• Volvo XC 60 T5 Inscription
For a complete list of vehicles tested and rankings, see the article appearing at usatoday.com appearing on October 5, 2017 entitled “Which Cars Are Most Distracting? AAA Study Reveals Offenders” by Nathan Bomey.
Source: An article appearing at usatoday.com appearing on October 5, 2017 entitled “Which Cars Are Most Distracting? AAA Study Reveals Offenders” by Nathan Bomey.