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Is New Technology Causing More Distracted Drivers and Car Accidents?

Is New Technology Causing More Distracted Drivers and Car Accidents?

by Staff Blogger | October 7th, 2014

Car manufacturers are working to prevent distracted driving car accidents from happening by developing technology that allows us to operate phone and vehicle systems with voice commands. But several new studies are showing these new systems may be compounding the problem rather than combating it.

An article from FOX 6 News explains the studies examined the use of numerous infotainment systems in vehicles and then rated them on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the worst and 5 being the best. A total of 162 testers used the systems in a number of different environments, including a laboratory, a driving simulator, and a real-world closed course.

Researchers found that flaws in the systems caused drivers to pay more attention to trying to complete tasks than focusing on the road. The systems struggled to interpret the information they were given through voice commands, which caused several accidents to occur. This was highlighted when Apple Inc.’s Siri was unable to pull a phone number on command and instead dialed 911.

The findings have prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to consider implementing regulations on the use of hands-free technology and to improve their policies governing infotainment systems in vehicles.

The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers applaud these efforts and are hopeful more will be done to improve highway safety in our state and across the nation.


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