Infotainment systems and distracted driving

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - A system created to make driving easier may actually be putting you and others in harms way.

"The infotainment systems that are in vehicles today are actually more complicated to use than expected and there's smart phone technologies that are safer," said Rose White.

AAA conducted a study with the University of Utah which found using Apple Car Play or Android Auto Play may be a safer option for drivers.

"They are safer for navigating, making calls and completing other task behind the wheel," said White.
AAA's Rose White says using those systems will save you more time.

"Although the infotainment system is there that doesn't mean it is safe, in fact it took up to 48 seconds to complete some navigation system task with that built in system," said White.

Angie Salvatore says multi-tasking with her car's built in system is a lot easier.

"One touch button on the steering wheel and it comes over the speaker," said Angie Salvatore.

"I don't feel distracted at all," said Salvatore.

Salvatore says she found setting up Apple Car Play more difficult.

"I feel like you have to work with your phone to get it programed and ready to go to your car," said Salvatore.

White says those systems are less advanced and create a cognitive distraction.

Which may be the reason why AAA says the pedestrian death toll in Nebraska has doubled.

"Each year across the United States there are about 35 hundred people killed in distracted driving crashes and another 390 thousand injured," said White.

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