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Infotainment systems and their potential to cause distraction

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2022 | Firm News |

Many vehicles now come with certain types of features that allow a driver to have an immersive experience while driving. The inclusion of infotainment systems mean that drivers have the ability to pair their phones with the vehicle, use a GPS, and listen to certain things through audio commands or a touchscreen. For many, this capability makes the driving experience more enjoyable.

However, the potential for distraction is one of the drawbacks of using an infotainment system. While driving, the sole responsibility of the person behind the wheel is the safe operation of his or her vehicle. However, some the features of the vehicle itself, including the Apple CarPlay system, could increase the chance for an accident. This is particularly true after the latest software update from the technology company.

The risk of using CarPlay

After the latest software update, both critics and technology analysts wonder how the improvements to the system will impact driver behavior. The new applications and capabilities, while impressive, also carry the potential to increase distraction. One analyst likened the infotainment system from Apple as essentially having the ability to take over vehicles made by other manufacturers. One way that this system and other similar ones can affect a driver is by moving away from physical buttons and focusing instead on larger, more interactive touchscreens.

Some believe that Apple CarPlay may not be as distracting as other systems created by different manufacturers, but there are still concerns. By focusing primarily on the aesthetics of a system instead of safety, motorists could be the ones to pay the price. Others believe that increasing the size of the display screen could actually lessen distraction by decreasing a driver’s need to navigate between functions.

A driver’s responsibility

Regardless of the specific type of infotainment system in a vehicle, a driver is still ultimately the one responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel. Whether distraction comes from a phone, a passenger, a GPS system or the vehicle itself, the person operating the car or truck is responsible for any actions that cause harm to others.

If you are the victim of an accident you believe was caused by distracted driving, you have legal options available to you. Through the Texas civil justice system, you may be able to recoup your losses associated with medical bills, property damage and more. You will benefit from learning more about this potential option as soon as possible after your accident.