Vehicle interior technologies are rapidly advancing with improved device integration, new comfort controls, and touch screens that resemble computer tablets. Prompted by these recent technology changes, the DOT has issued a set of guidelines targeted towards reducing distracted driving in relation to in-vehicle technology.
With driver safety as their top concern, the DOT has made 5 recommendations to automakers:
Reduce the complexity of in-vehicle devices, and the amount of time it takes to use those devices;
To limit system operations to require only one hand;
To limit the time required to glance at a device to no more than 2 seconds;
To limite the amount of unnecessary visual information in the driver’s field of view;
To limit the number of manual inputs needed to operate a device.
It’s hard to argue with any of these points as distracted driver trends have consistently increased with in-vehicle technology.