Is In-Dash Technology Responsible For Driver Distractions?

March 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm in Auto Industry News by allent

in-dash technology safe drivingUSA Today asks if vehicle safety is tied to in-dash technology. Or, more succinctly, are cars to blame for distracted driving?

If you’ve ever seen an accident where the person at fault was someone talking on the phone or texting, then you know the answer to that question. The problem is, now, auto manufacturers are beginning to add technological features to vehicles in the dash that can be just as distracting. These include:

  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite radio
  • GPS navigation
  • USB ports

And there’s plenty more.

Of course, these same auto makers are also adding voice activation control to those gadgets, so there’s really no excuse for drivers to fiddle with them while they are driving. Still, old habits die hard.

Don’t be surprised if future vehicle safety inspectors take in-dash technology into consideration. Your car might be reviewed based on how safe the manufacturer makes your in-dash technology.

That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. If drivers can’t police themselves, then it might be pressed upon the auto manufacturers to help reduce the distractions for drivers by reducing the appeal of in-dash technology to within finger distance.

What do you think? Would safety inspections for in-dash technology be a good thing?

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