A Smarter Car May Not Always Be a Safer Car

Last updated: 02-22-2020

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A Smarter Car May Not Always Be a Safer Car

> WE TURN TO NBC 7 RESPONDS AND THE GROWING PROBLEM OF DISTRACTED DRIVING. IT'S HARD ENOUGH TO DRIVE WITH THE DISTRACTIONS OUTSIDE YOUR CAR BUT TODAY WHAT'S IN YOUR CAR IS ALSO A PROBLEM. >> ISN'T THAT THE TRUE, CONSUMER BOB, THERE'S A LOT TO BE TEMPTED TO LOOK AT. >> THERE IS. AND THEY GET MORE SOPHISTICATION AND DISTRACTION. WE KNOW TEXTING AND DRIVING IS BAD, IT'S DANGEROUS. BUT TODAY CHANGING THE RADIO CAN BE A MAJOR ISTRACTION, HAVE YOU SEEN THE FANCY SYSTEMS IN THE OUR CARS THESE DAYS? THE PROBLEM IS WE'RE LOOKING AT THEM TOO MUCH. LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT I MEAN. >> DISTRACTED DRIVING REALLY IS AN EPIDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. >> THAT'S BECAUSE WE HAVE LOTS OF CARS AND LOTS OF THINGS TO DISTRACT US. SO DOUG SCHOOP WITH THE AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SAID EVEN LOOKING AWAY FROM THE ROAD FOR A FEW SECONDS CAN BE LIFE THREATENING. >> ON AVERAGE IT TAKES ABOUT 5 SECONDS TO SEND OR RECEIVE A TEXT MESSAGE. IF YOU'RE TRAVELING 55 MILES PER HOUR, THAT'S LIKE TRAVELING THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF A FOOTBALL FIELD BLINDFOLDED. >> USING A MOUNT DOESN'T MAKE IT SAFER. >> YOU'RE STILL GOING TO BE SEEING THE MESSAGE COME IN, TAKING YOUR EYES OFF THE ROAD. >> BUT TEXTING AND DRIVING IS NOT THE ONLY PROBLEM. >> DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS IN EVERY NEW VEHICLE THESE DAYS. >> THAT'S BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY BE EASIER TO USE, YOU'RE STILL BEING DISTRACTED FROM YOUR DRIVING. >> WITH THOSE INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS, AFTER YOU COMPLETE A TASK, AFTER YOU USE THE VOICE TO TEXT FEATURE, YOUR MIND IS STILL DISTRACTED FOR UP TO 27 SECONDS AFTER COMPLETING THE TASK. >> THEY'RE NOT GOING AWAY ANY TIME SOON. I WAS AT CES IN VEGAS LAST MONTH AND THERE ARE MORE FANCY FEATURES AND POTENTIAL DISTRACTIONS COMING TO A CAR NEAR YOU. DOUG SCHOOP SAYS YOU SHOULD ONLY USE THE INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM FOR THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT IN OPERATING THE CAR. IF YOU HAVE A PASSENGER, ASK THEM TO USE THE SYSTEM FOR YOU. >> JUST BECAUSE IT'S HANDS FREE DOESN'T MEAN IT'S RISK FREE. >> THE AUTO CLUB POINTS OUT JUST BECAUSE THE TECHNOLOGY IS INSTALLED IN YOUR CAR DOES NOT MEAN IT'S SAFE TO USE WHILE YOU'RE DRIVING. GET YOURSELF FAMILIAR WITH THE INFOTAINMENT OPTIONS WHILE YOU'RE PARKED THAT WAY IT'S AT LEAST A LITTLE SAFER IF YOU HAVE TO USE IT IN AN EMERGENCY. SO A QUESTION THAT HAS PRETTY STRONG COMMENTS ALREADY, DO YOU THINK THE DASH BOARD INFOTAINMENT CENTER IN YOUR CAR IS TOO COMPLICATED? IS IT AN UNSAFE DISTRACTION? ARE YOU GOING LIKE THIS OR THIS? ? I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. GO TO MY FACEBOOK PAGE, CONSUMER BOB ON FACEBOOK. IT'S LIKE A LAPTOP COMPUTER BETWEEN THE WHEEL AND THE FRONT OF YOUR CAR. >> ADD KIDS IN THE BACK WITH CARPOOL AND EVERYONE IS DISTRACTED. >> IT IS. IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S NOT GOING TO GO AWAY. SO WE HAVE TO FIND OUT HOW WE CAN USE","video_id":"1700168771597_644","video_length":"195495","video_provider":"mpx","alleypack_schedule_unpublish":"","feed_remote_id":"mpx_1700168771597","feed_thumbnail_url":""}" data-livestream="false" data-title="Dangers of Driving With Distractions in Modern Cars" data-vidcid="1:13:2267413" data-vidurl="https://www.nbcsandiego.com/videos/dangers-of-driving-with-distractions-in-modern-cars/2267413/" data-islead="true" data-catnames="{"681115":"Videos"}" data-tagnames="{}" data-autoplay="true" >


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