Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Are Less Distracting For Drivers Than Automakers' Infotainment Systems

Posted: Jun 28 2018, 1:32pm CDT | by , in Apple


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Apple CarPlay, Android Auto are Less Distracting for Drivers Than Automakers' Infotainment Systems
  • New AAA Foundation research shows Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are less distracting for drivers than automakers' infotainment systems

The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment systems have been Found more Satisfying by the AAA Foundation

Google has a reputation to keep up. It wants to live up to its image of being a big organization worthy of its name and fame. That is why one of its main objectives has been the introduction of the Android Auto System.

This is meant to provide a safe and secure driving experience in synch with infotainment setups. The AAA Foundation perfromed some experiments for the sake of traffic safety and the results were surprising. Android Auto was more reliable than in-built infotainment systems.

The level of diversion is much less for Android Auto. Also while the infotainment systems are built by talented designers and followed by reputable carmakers, they lack something which is only to be found in Android Auto.

"Google and Apple are proving that it is possible to reduce the level of demand in-vehicle infotainment technology places on drivers," said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

"While improvements are necessary before any of the systems can be considered safe to use while driving, this research shows that smartphone-based software has the potential to offer a simpler, more familiar design that is less confusing to drivers, and therefore less demanding."

A group of researchers from the University of Utah participated in the experiment. Five model vehicles were the test mules for the study.

They were launched between 2017 and the current year. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and the intrinsic software manufactured by carmakers were compared in the research work.

The verdict was plain as the light of day. AAA pointed out that Android Auto was 24% quicker than most standard infotainment systems. That is a difference of five seconds.

This is in case of making telephone calls. As for getting directions on a map, the rate is 31% faster. Time is all that matters here. That is because drivers won’t be distracted from the job of maneuvering their vehicles at all.

Yet the catch remains that Android Auto is not something to taken at face value. It has its own issues although they are less serious than other systems. Any distraction from the task of driving the car may lead to an accident. Nobody would want that to happen least of all the driver and passengers of the car.

"Drivers must use common sense when it comes to technology inside the vehicle. Just because it is available, doesn't make it safe to use," said Jake Nelson, AAA director of traffic safety and advocacy.

"Smartphone companies and automakers must collaborate to reduce the potential for distraction that technology places on drivers. The airline industry doesn't compete on safety, and neither should automakers. Motorists deserve better."

"AAA is sharing this new research with automakers and system designers to help advance the dialogue about ways to improve the functionality and design of new infotainment systems and the demand they place on drivers," continued Doney.

"By working together to leverage the design benefits of CarPlay and Android Auto, and addressing the issues that prevent the software from effectively interacting with a vehicle's system, automakers and smartphone companies can improve the driving experience and limit distraction on the road."

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