Are Smartphone Apps Less Distracting than Vehicle Infotainment Systems?
Are Smartphone Apps Less Distracting than Vehicle Infotainment Systems?

Vehicle infotainment systems are a draw for many consumers. These systems are often quite complex and have a myriad of capabilities, from GPS navigation to facilitating phone calls and more. However, a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that these in-car systems are actually more distracting for drivers than smartphone apps like Google Android Auto and Apple Carplay, which perform comparable tasks.

The study was based on the visual and mental demands required of drivers to complete tasks through the in-vehicle and smartphone infotainment systems. The smartphone apps were about five seconds faster when making phone calls, and about 15 seconds faster at programming navigation, than the average factory-installed vehicle infotainment system. That is 24% faster and 31% faster, respectively. Unfortunately, even vehicle infotainment systems designed for hand-free use were found to be quite distracting for drivers.

Critical Difference Between Vehicle and Smartphone Systems

Researchers say this difference is critical for drivers. Drivers double their risk of a crash by taking their eyes off the road for longer than two seconds, and distracted driving results in 3,500 deaths every year.

Although the Auto and Carplay apps are less distracting for drivers than vehicles’ native systems, they are still distracting. AAA rated the apps as “moderately demanding,” with native systems deemed “very highly demanding.” The AAA Foundation recommends that automakers work with app developers to come up with safer infotainment systems for vehicles.

“The convenience of using vehicle infotainment systems while driving is not worth the risk of being seriously distracted behind the wheel,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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