Well designed technology reduces driving distraction

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Q: Can well designed technology really reduce driving distraction?

Here is a quote from a senior researcher at IIHS showing the tide is turning - doing something is better than doing nothing:

A:

"In an ideal world, drivers wouldn't do anything but drive while the vehicle is moving. But people are increasingly plugged in at all times, and automakers have responded by installing systems to make it easier to use technology on the go," says Ian Reagan, an IIHS senior research scientist and a co-author of a pair of papers based on the experimental study. "While you can't completely eliminate the distracting nature of these types of tasks, this study shows it's possible to reduce some types of distraction through system design."



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