Two cars crashedMesa, AZ- In 2014, 709 people were killed in Arizona traffic accidents, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, and it’s a good chance a significant number of those deadly accidents were caused by a distracted driver. Motorists and automakers see onboard entertainment systems as a solution to rampant use of cell phones, but
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“Looming safety crisis.” That is how the American Automobile Association described on-board devices in a 201 study that looked at whether onboard devices are less distracting than cell phones and other hand-held devices. To determine this, researchers from the University of Utah monitored the brain waves of study participants while they were engaging with their onboard devices and other divided-attention tasks common among motorists.
Researchers found instead of being less distracting, built-in devices and speech-to-text devices are more distracting than cell phones. They also rated the level of distraction different tasks motorists do while they are driving on a scale of one to five.
Researchers asked study participants to do carry out six different tasks using their onboard devices and without taking their eyes off of the road. Those tasks include making a phone call to someone on their contact list, sending a text message,
As for speech-to-text and onboard systems, researchers found that sending or receiving a text or email message produces a “relatively high level of cognitive distraction,” the Los Angeles Times reported. Most of those tasks earned a 2.37 to 4.58 on the cognitive distraction scale, which AAA says “depicts a moderate to high level of cognitive workload.”
Other tasks rated much lower on the cognitive distraction scale, listening to an audiobook, for instance, earned a 1.21 on the scale while using a cell-phone earned a 2.45. Using a hands-free device was higher at 2.71 while the distraction level spikes at 3.07 when a person sends or receives and text message on
So, why are onboard devices so distracting? Researchers say that the more mentally distracting the task, the slow a driver’s reaction time becomes. When the brain is engaged in several tasks at once, motorists are less likely to scan the road as often and may miss visual clues that could prevent an accident.
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