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Among the auto technologies that have grown by leaps and bounds in recent years are infotainment systems. The infotainment systems of cars are getting increasingly sophisticated, making all sorts of functions available to users. This includes functions related to GPS navigation, texting and music.

Some have expressed worries that modern infotainment systems could raise traffic safety issues. Specifically, concerns have been raised about what effects such systems could have on how focused drivers are on driving. Some have argued that increases in the complexity and functions of such systems could make them particularly likely to be a source of distraction for drivers.

A recent AAA study looked into how much driver attention using the infotainment systems of 30 models of cars and light trucks from the 2017 model year requires. It found that all of the systems required at least a moderate level of driver attention to use. The systems of a large majority of the vehicles (23 of the 30), were found to require a very high or high level of driver attention.

The study further found that drivers’ hands and eyes moved away from driving tasks when drivers used such systems. Additionally, it found many of the systems failed to meet some of the recommendations made in federal voluntary safety guidelines on vehicle dashboard systems.

How big of a driver distraction risk do you think the infotainment systems of modern cars pose? Are there any particular steps you would like to see automakers or government agencies take to reduce such risk?

As this discussion underscores, there are a range of things that could distract a driver. So, distracted driving accidents could come about in many different ways. What the circumstances of a distracted driving crash were, including what distraction was at the root of it, could have many implications for a victim of such an accident as they endeavor to be fairly compensated for the harm they suffered. For one, it could impact what issues and challenges are present in proving that distracted driving was a factor in the accident.

When an auto accident victims suspects that distracted driving of any kind play a role in their crash, getting legal guidance on the issues particular to their crash can be critical.

Source: WJLA, “New cars increasingly crammed with distracting technology,” Joan Lowy, Oct. 5, 2017

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