As science and technology continue to push the envelope in an effort to improve our daily lives, automobile makers are attempting to keep pace by adding new and exciting features to their vehicles. Unfortunately, however, built-in technology is not always a good thing when it comes to the safe operation of a car or truck. Instead, these technologies can lead to driver distractions that ultimately increase the risk of a crash.
Guidelines to Prevent Accidents Caused by Built-In Technology in Cars
In the United States, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration have issued guidelines to address this important issue. These guidelines include the following:
- Drivers should be restricted from using certain non-essential forms of technology while the vehicle is in motion.
- Carmakers should not introduce any technological development that could take a driver’s attention off the road for more than two seconds.
During the next three years, these guidelines will be phased in across the auto industry. Soon, other nations may follow suit. The UK’s Institute of Advanced Motorists is also publically recognizing the dangers of built-in technology in cars. IAM’s chief executive officer Sarah Sillers has noted that efforts made to raise public awareness and reduce distraction factors for motorists are being undermined by new technologies in vehicles. She states that technology is very useful for reducing the number of accidents and injuries on the roadways; however, it is also important to be aware that technology can also make driving more dangerous when used in the wrong way.
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