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Infotainment safety concerns

30 March 2022

Worrying results from recent IAM RoadSmart research show that the latest i n-vehicle infotainment systems impair reactions times behind the wheel more than alcohol and cannabis use.

Among the shocking results, the study – undertaken by TRL on behalf of IAM RoadSmart, the FIA and the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund – found that reaction times at motorway speeds increased average stopping distances to between four and five car lengths, drivers took their eyes off the road for as long as 16 seconds while driving, and using touch control resulted in reaction times that were even worse than texting while driving.

IAM RoadSmart is now calling for urgent action, stating that updated, consistent standards are required to minimise driver distraction. 

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