Study says using CarPlay slows driver reactions more than cannabis
What you need to know
- A study suggests that "infotainment systems" may be more distracting than once thought.
- iAM RoadSmart did a study into several infotainment systems to see how they impact driving.
- They found that using Apple CarPlay was likely to impact reaction times more than calling, texting, and even cannabis.
A study into the impact of infotainment systems on driving suggests they may hamper driver reactions times more than smoking cannabis.
According to a study from iAM RoadSmart:
As you can see from the above graph, using CarPlay and Siri was shown to impact driver reactions more than the UK's (except Scotland) drink driving limit, using Cannabis and talking on a hands-free phone.
The study further claims that using Apple's CarPlay touchscreen would slow down driver reaction times by 57%, more than using a phone in your hand. They also stated that performing navigation tasks with CarPlay could result in a lane position deviation of up to 0.50M.
In response iAM RoadSmart stated:
On Apple's website (opens in new tab) it describes CarPlay as a "smart, safer way to use your iPhone while you drive."
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Sure - this sounds credible👎🏻.
I have been using CarPlay for 4 years now...there is no way in **** this is true. Unless, you gave the test subject CarPlay in the middle of a drive without ever having used it before. And I'm willing to bet they did.
This is a load of bollocks
They cover a lot of stuff there. I don't see talking to passengers in the front seat, or in the back seat on the list. I expect they would be different and a bit worse than using handsfree. I don't see having children in the back seat either, or a dog. How about getting out and lighting a cigarette? (I was rear ended by a guy doing that). I recall unfolding and reading a paper map, or a AAA trip package while driving. Should we go back to that?