NHTSA to Limit Eye-Catching Infotainment Systems For Drivers

Acura Infotainment System 1 photo
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New drivers tend to be more distracted behind the wheel by all sorts of infotainment features that are available with the latest generation of vehicles these days.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US wants to give automakers a guideline on how the infotainment systems should work when the car is being drove.

“Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic that has devastating consequences on our nation’s roadways,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “These guidelines recognize that today’s drivers appreciate technology, while providing automakers with a way to balance the innovation consumers want with the safety we all need. Combined with good laws, good enforcement and good education, these guidelines can save lives.”

Study results suggest that visual-manual tasks that drivers perform while at the wheel makes them three times more exposed to having a crash, riskier than talking on cell phone.

The guidelines aim to limit drivers to just two seconds at a time of looking on such systems and NHTSA encourage automakers to disable certain features (like manual text input, internet browsing, video calls or text messages and social media content display) when the car is moving.
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