Are automakers taking responsibility for ‘distracting’ infotainment systems?

As consumers demand ever-more sophisticated in-car features, crashes related to driver distraction continue to rise. Providing an entertaining but safe user experience is key, writes Betti Hunter

Distracted driving has been a problem for as long as vehicles have been on the roads. However, the issue has hit headlines more frequently in the past decade, coinciding with the meteoric rise of technological development. Increased connectivity has helped humanity to become more informed and productive than ever before, but the prevalence of smartphones and infotainment systems has been criticised for affecting focus and drawing attention away from important tasks. Alluring diversions are rarely far from our fingertips and are increasingly taking up more space on car dashboards….

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