Dashboards in Some Cars Causing Dangerous Distraction

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Dashboards in Some Cars Causing Dangerous Distraction

New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers weigh in on distracted driving caused by dashboard technology. It is common knowledge that distracted driving is dangerous and pervasive. We all know about the dangers associated with texting while driving. But what about distractions that are part of your car itself? Long gone are the days of the simple car radio. These days, infotainment systems can be linked by Bluetooth to a wide array of technologies, including music, podcasts, and even videos. AAA has conducted an important study, and the results are shocking. Infotainment systems built into our car’s dashboard can be even more distracting and dangerous than smart phones, thus putting drivers at serious risk of having a car accident.

AAA has ranked a number of newer model vehicles according to how distracting their infotainment systems are. In addition to testing different makes and models, AAA examined the software itself to see if certain technologies were safer than others. They found that Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto software were less distracting than others, perhaps because of their near instant processing speed. According to AAA, these systems can make calls or program navigation five to 15 seconds faster than competitors.

AAA ranked cars according to the demand they put on a driver’s attention: moderate demand; high demand; or very high demand.

Cars With Moderate Demand Infotainment Systems

  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Ford F-250 XLT
  • Lincoln MKC Premiere
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • 2018 Kia Optima LX, Sportage
  • 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie

The issues with some of these vehicles included cluttered screens that required drivers to take their eyes off the road for longer to view than “cleaner” screens, small touch screen buttons, and multiple steps to use the call by voice function.

Cars With High Demand Infotainment Systems

  • Cadillac XT5
  • 2017 Chevrolet Traverse LT
  • Ram 1500 Express
  • 2017 Infiniti Q50 Premium AWD’s
  • Ford Fusion Titanium
  • Hyundai Sonata Base
  • Jeep Compass Sport
  • Grand Cherokee Limited
  • 2017 Nissan Maxima SV
  • 2017 Kia Sorento LX
  • 2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE
  • 2017 Volkswagen Jetta S

Issues with these vehicles were similar to those with moderate demands on a driver’s attention, but also included slow processing times, mandatory visual confirmation for voice activated calling, and the lack of a voice activated calling feature.

Cars With Very High Demand Infotainment Systems

  • Subaru Crosstrek
  • Mercedes-Benz C300’s
  • 2017 Mazda3 Touring
  • 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE
  • Honda Ridgeline RTL-E
  • 2017 Civic Sedan Touring
  • 2017 Buick Enclave Leather
  • GMC Yukon SLT
  • Audi Q7
  • 2018 BMW 430i xDrive
  • Chrysler 300C
  • 2017 Dodge Durango GT
  • Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible
  • 2017 Nissan Rogue
  • Nissan Armada SV
  • Tesla S
  • Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription

Issues with these vehicles included poorly placed center console controls, rotary controls, nonintuitive design, and slow, cumbersome navigation programs.

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Distracted driving accidents are preventable. No text message or status update is important enough to risk your life or the lives of others. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident, we can help you hold negligent drivers accountable and obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries.

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