October 2, 2013
How Car Dashboards are Turning Into Computers
|Guest writer Jordan Perch reminds us that no matter how useful and convenient today's car dashboards are, car owners need to know that they are a big distraction and have to reduce the use of all those gadgets to minimum.|
Nowadays, almost all new cars are equipped with sophisticated infotainment systems that provide information and entertainment content, which includes navigation, playing audio and video content, composing, sending and receiving text messages, making phone calls, and provide Internet access, among other things.
Some of these systems can be controlled through voice commands, while others require touch-screen input, but what's common for all of them is that they are a huge source of driver distraction, no matter how they are used and controlled. Even though they are very useful and help drivers navigate through traffic more easily, and allow them to improve their cars' fuel efficiency by providing information about a car's performances and fuel consumption, using them can be quite dangerous, as it decreases a driver's road concentration and often results in collisions.
Although they are less of a distraction than cell phones, drivers have to take their eyes off the road and their hands off the wheel for a couple of seconds when they want to use some of the features provided in their cars' infotainment systems, and a couple of seconds are more than enough to lose control over a vehicle.
However, in-car connectivity is a very important part car manufacturers' efforts to stay ahead of the competition, and it's highly unlikely that they will be willing to give that up. Some car companies are aware that infotainment systems can be distracting and they are trying to reduce those distractions, by setting restrictions as to what you can use them for, such as Nissan, which only allows you to use your car's touchscreen for navigational purposes. But, this is far from an ideal solution, and no matter how useful and convenient today's car dashboards that are starting to look like computers are, car owners need to know that they are a big distraction and have to reduce the use of all those gadgets to minimum.
|By Jordan Perch||Subscribe to 33rd Square|
Author Bio - Jordan Perch is an automotive fanatic and “green cars” specialist. He is a writer for DMV.com, which is a collaborative community designed to help ease the stress and annoyance of “dealing with the DMV”.