Navigating You Right Into A Brick Wall
from the common-sense,-whazzat? dept
We've discussed, repeatedly, the rise of gadgets in cars and how driver distraction is increasingly a problem. The latest study to support this suggests that, for some, vehicle navigation systems are making them less safe. Some people become so reliant on their in-car nav systems that they never bother to figure out where they're going beforehand, meaning that during the ride, they're more likely to be paying extra attention to the nav system, and not necessarily as much attention to the road -- potentially making things more dangerous. This isn't surprising, but the answer isn't to try to crack down on driver distractions one by one. Obviously, for many, the overall benefit of having an in-car navigation system outweigh the downsides of a group of people who can't figure out how to drive safely with one. Yet, instead of focusing on ways to make the products safer and make the people more aware of the danger they put themselves and others into when it comes to driver distraction -- the focus is just one what to ban inside cars next. That's the wrong way around it. There's always going to be yet another distraction. Banning it is just going after the symptoms and not the root cause.