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Study finds CarPlay more perilous for drivers than texting

Drivers in Wisconsin no doubt understand that distractions can come in all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, distractions can come even from those things that are touted for their safety. Apple CarPlay is one example; this system lets drivers access an iPhone like it’s an infotainment system. One study has found that CarPlay is actually riskier than manipulating the phone.

The U.K.-based safety charity IAM RoadSmart conducted the study and published its results in March 2020. Forty drivers traveled a certain route three times in a simulator, the first time without using any devices. Then, 20 drivers carried out various tasks with CarPlay’s voice and touch controls. The other 20 did the same with Android Auto’s voice and touch controls. The simulation kept track of drivers’ speed and analyzed their ability to maintain their lane and respond to certain stimuli.

It turns out that CarPlay’s voice and touch controls increased reaction times 36% and 57%, respectively. This made the system more dangerous than texting, using a hands-free phone or being high on marijuana as these increased reaction times by 35%, 27% and 21%, respectively.

Researchers recommend that drivers plan their destination on CarPlay beforehand. They also believe Apple should do its part, such as by disabling certain features in moving cars.

Auto accidents involving cars, motorcycles and trucks are often caused by distracted drivers, and new technology serves as only one of many possible factors. Regardless of how they became distracted, at-fault drivers will be held liable for any injuries incurred by the other side. Victims, for their part, may hire an attorney who works in personal injury law before moving forward with a claim. In this state, plaintiffs can recover damages as long as they are less at fault than the defendant.