Infotainment systems are worse than cannabis or alcohol for driving performance

The effects of infotainment systems on driving performance is comparable to that of alcohol and cannabis, the findings of a new study have revealed.

Assessing the impact of interacting with either Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, TRL in conjunction with road safety charity IAM RoadSmart, found greater demands placed on the driver requiring attentional resources led to a variety of negative behaviours on the road.

The study comprised of two experimental trials with 20 participants using the Android system, with another 20 using Apple’s version. Both groups were tasked with completing three simulated drives on the same test route: a control drive (where they did not interact with any system), a voice enabled drive (where they interacted with the respective system using voice control only) and a touch enabled drive (where they interacted with the respective system using touch control only).