Driver Distraction Caused By In-Car Technologies

“Distracted Driving” continues to be a substantial problem for driving safety.  Various aspects of the issue are discussed on the “Accidents Involving Distracted Driving” page.  As discussed on that page, there are many types of activities that can divert the driver’s attention from properly operating the vehicle.  As seen in the statistics, distracted driving continues to be significant, despite various efforts and Illinois laws created to reduce its occurrence.

Two prominent sources of “distracted driving” are operating car entertainment systems as well as other dashboard technologies.

Recently, the AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report concerning distracted driving that occurs due to a driver operating car technologies such as car “infotainment” systems and other technologies such as navigation systems.

The study is discussed in various media sources, including the October 5, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Technology crammed into cars worsens driver distraction.”  The full AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report is titled “Visual and Cognitive Demands of Using In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems.”

The AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety discusses in-vehicle technologies and contains the following excerpts:

Vehicle’s with infotainment systems rolling off lots today include new capabilities available to the driver that increase visual and mental distractions behind the wheel. Today’s new features make placing a phone call or changing the radio more complicated by requiring drivers to maneuver through complex menu systems using touch screens or voice commands rather than use of simple knobs or buttons. Many of the latest systems also now allow drivers to perform tasks unrelated to driving like surfing the web, checking social media or sending a text message- all things drivers have no business doing behind the wheel.


Programming navigation was the most distracting task, taking an average of 40 seconds for drivers to complete. In addition, none of the 30 vehicle infotainment systems produced low demand, while 23 systems generated high or very high levels of demand on drivers:

The page also shows a graphic showing the level of driver distraction associated with operating various car technologies.

Additional details regarding driver distraction can be found in the sources mentioned above.


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