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07 October 2017, 12:18 | Antonio Miles
The dashboard based systems allow drivers to text use the radio make phone calls or operate a satellite navigation system
When most people think of distracted driving they think of smartphones, but a new study says there are other distractions in vehicles that can be just as bad.
Numerous infotainment features in most 2017 vehicles are so distracting they should not be enabled while a vehicle is in motion, according to a new study released Thursday by University of Utah researchers. They drove 30 new 2017 vehicles, ranging from a Toyota Corolla to a Tesla Model S.
Participants were given a chance familiarize themselves with the road and vehicle's system, and then asked to call, send a text message, tune the radio or program navigation while driving.
In that time, driving at only 25 miles an hour, a vehicle travels the length of about four football fields. The scale ranged from low to very high levels of demand. Marshall Doney, it's President and CEO, told CNBC: "Drivers want technology that is safe and easy to use, but numerous features added to infotainment systems today have resulted in overly complex and sometimes frustrating user experiences for drivers".
The study found, for instance, that something as common as entering navigation information could distract a driver for as much as 40 seconds when using some of the latest auto tech.
"Some of the latest systems on the market now include functions unrelated to the core task of driving like sending text messages, checking social media or surfing the web - tasks we have no business doing behind the wheel", continued Moody.
"This is troublesome because motorists may assume that features that are enabled when they are driving are safe and easy to use", said David Strayer, a cognitive and neural scientist at the University of Utah, in a statement.
For now, AAA believes the best solution is for automakers to lock drivers out of certain especially distracting features while their cars are moving.
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