Today’s cars come with more technological bells and whistles than ever before. This allows drivers to do things like make a call, send a text, or use the navigation system simply by utilizing the in-vehicle voice command system. While this technology allows drivers to multitask while they are driving, it also creates a wide range of potentially dangerous distractions. Even a simple task like putting an address into the navigation system can take the driver’s attention off the road long enough to cause a serious accident.
According to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, when a car’s dashboard starts to look more like a computer screen than the inside of a car, drivers are more likely to be visually and mentally distracted. One of the most distracting tasks, according to an AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson, is when drivers program their navigation systems while driving. In a simulated driving test, participants were asked to spend approximately 40 seconds focusing their attention on the navigation system. For the majority of the time it took to complete this task, drivers’ attention was not on the road. When you consider the fact that taking your eyes off the road for a mere two seconds doubles your risk of an accident, this becomes a concerning statistic.
Here is another concerning statistic: driving at a speed of 25 miles per hour, a motorist can travel the length of four football fields in the average time it takes to enter an address into a navigation system. Even if you program the system, or send a text message by voice, it is still a mental distraction which can take your attention away from the road ahead. Unfortunately, one out of three adults uses this technology – also referred to as infotainment systems – while they drive.
Consumer Feedback on Voice Command Technology
AAA researchers found the following responses from the study participants:
Only 24 percent of respondents believe that the technology works perfectly.
Forty-five percent of drivers reported that they have either seen or used voice command technology while driving, either to make a call, send a text, change the radio station, or use the vehicle’s navigation system.
Approximately 44 percent of drivers do not want this technology in their vehicle, regardless of how well it works.
Nearly 63 percent of motorists say that they are satisfied with the voice command technology.
AAA went on the say that safety should be a top priority when developing these new technologies, but things like voice technology causes significant visual and cognitive distractions that can lead to serious car wrecks.
Baltimore Car Wreck Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Distracted Driving
If you have been injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car wreck lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. If the other driver was texting, talking on the phone, or engaging in any other form of distracted driving, we will hold them accountable for their actions. Rest assured that we will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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