Technology is increasingly omnipresent on board today’s newer vehicles, not surprising given that it delivers both increased convenience and more safety. That said, while features such as blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control make cars safer, other technological innovations inside the vehicle are making driving more distracting and dangerous.
This is according to a new study by IAM RoadSmart, a UK road safety organisation established in 1956, indicates that using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while driving is more dangerous than driving while drunk.
That’s quite a strong statement, but the organization says its results are unequivocal: the use of the touchscreen interfaces of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto increases driver reaction times more than alcohol in the system (at the legal limit), but also more than do text messaging, cannabis use and telephone conversations.
The study found that drivers sometimes take their eyes off the road for periods of up to 16 seconds when using either system. Which works out to more than 500 metres traveled at 113 km/h.