Distracted driving continues to be a major cause of car accidents. Each year, thousands of people lose their lives and hundreds of thousands more are seriously injured in distracted driving car crashes.
Many point to dashboard infotainment systems, smartphones, apps, and other forms of emerging technology as a main cause of preventable injuries and deaths from distracted driving.
The AAA Foundation for Safety and the University of Utah joined forces to evaluate five modern vehicles and the level of distraction drivers face from their built-in infotainment systems. Then, they compared these to the level of distraction associated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. They found that the level of demand generated by the native vehicle systems was much higher than that generated by the two apps.
Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow users to connect their mobile devices to the vehicle’s audio and information systems. One of the main benefits of the app is that users can access Google Maps, which is considered by many to be superior to the native navigation systems offered as in-dash options.
Accessing Google Maps through Google Chrome also saves users time because the app stores their search history, making it easier to access previously entered destinations. Also, integration and updates are generally free; whereas automakers often charge thousands of dollars for in-vehicle navigational and infotainment systems.
The executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety notes that the smartphone-based software reduces the level of demand on drivers by providing them with a more familiar design. He notes that the technology requires improvements before it can be considered safe to use while driving. However, the apps look promising in terms of their ability to reduce demand for drivers.
Not all automakers integrate the apps in the same way; and some manufacturers lock certain functions while the vehicle is in motion, while others do not. Moreover, any form of distracted driving can cause an accident, whether it is texting, eating, or interacting with infotainment systems. The actual cause of distracted driving accidents is often difficult to determine because distracted driving is one of the most under-reported traffic safety issues.
If you believe your accident was caused by a distracted driver, contact the South Jersey car accident lawyers at Williams Cedar or the Pennsylvania car accident lawyers at Williams Cedar. Our experienced and skilled lawyers can help determine the cause of your accident, answer questions you many have, and recover the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, call us at our Haddonfield, New Jersey location at 856-470-9777 or our Philadelphia location at 215-557-0099 or complete our online contact form. We represent clients in Cherry Hill, South Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide.