More and more cars are appearing that enable people to connect to the Internet from the front seat via Wi-Fi or 3G networks. The Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX, and Audi A6 are all examples of this. With these connections people will be able to stream videos, get up-to-the-minute traffic information, as well as speak their text messages. These things all sound good, and we generally welcome technological advancements with open arms but this make us ask the question: Is full connectivity in a moving vehicle a good thing?
Challenges of the Connected Car
People lose focus when they text or chat on their phones while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 80 percent of traffic accidents involve driver inattention within 3 seconds of the crash. So, if basic cell phone use is a disruption imagine what it would be like if an individual is video Skyping with their closest friend while driving or watching that funny Super Bowl advertisement.
Does Tech Distract Drivers?
Clearly drivers ought to concentrate on driving, and many things like eating, talking on their phone, even talking to a companion inside the car can be a distraction. These distractions can result in serious accidents. This reason is in part why the very idea of having more connected cars doesn’t necessarily make people jump for joy.
Browsing the Web Inside Your Car
Soon motorists will have the ability to receive Facebook updates and browse the web on in-car navigation screens. We might even see the advent of short-range communication allowing drivers who are sharing the road to connect to each other.
As we said before, we usually think of advancements in technology as a great thing, nevertheless, the possible negative effects that connected cars could have make us stop and think. While having all of these tech features in our cars increases enjoyment on the road it’s important that they don’t become a distraction to the driver.