Using a car's Apple CarPlay or Android Auto system while behind the wheel can impair a driver's reaction time more than alcohol and cannabis use, or texting while driving, new research out of the UK has found.
In fact, drivers using these systems were found to take their eyes off the road for up to 16 seconds , while the time they took to react to an stimulus on the road ahead was slowed by up to 50 per cent.
The recent simulator study was conducted by independent UK road safety charity IAM RoadSmart on behalf of the UK's Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund.
It found the impact on reaction time when using these systems' touch-screen controls over voice control was found to be worse than the reaction time recorded when texting while driving -- resulting in an increased stopping distance of up to five car lengths at freeway speeds.
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