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Is Your Infotainment System's Font Distracting You?

A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Age Lab, the New England University Transportation Center and Monotype Imaging, a provider of typefaces for consumer devices and applications, reveals that different kinds of typefaces used in vehicle infotainment and portable navigation screens impact glance time, which is the amount of time drivers spend with their eyes off the road and on display screens. Easy-to-read typefaces could improve driver focus, and potentially, reduce the risk of accidents. In two studies ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Distracted Driving, technology, infotainment systems

More Drivers Want High-Tech Safety Features

Advanced automotive safety systems, such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection and rearview cameras, are finding favor among an increasing number of distracted drivers, according to a recent poll by market research firm Harris Interactive. The survey found that new-car buyers are more interested in high-tech safety features than infotainment features, like satellite radio and voice-controlled audio systems. New-car buyers also admitted in the poll that in a four-week time span, they engaged in some sort of ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, Distracted Driving

New Teen Distracted Driving Survey's Findings Conflict with Other Studies

A new Consumer Reports survey adds to the ongoing discussion on distracted driving among teens, but a few findings conflict with recent studies from Bridgestone and AAA. For example, Consumer Reports says concern for distracted driving led many teens to “stop or reduce such behavior,” but Bridgestone found that although young drivers between the ages of 15 and 21 know what distracted driving is, many don’t believe that they are at risk and continue to practice bad driving habits ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Safety, Stats and Studies, Distracted Driving, AAA, Consumer Reports, Bridgestone

Teens in Denial About Safe Driving Habits

Distracted driving is a growing concern on our roadways, and a new survey finds that teens are in denial when it comes to safe driving habits. Bridgestone says in a press release that although younger drivers know what distracted driving is, many don’t believe they are at risk and continue to practice bad driving habits, like texting or talking on the phone while driving. More than 2,000 drivers between the ages of 15 and 21 were surveyed, more ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Teen Drivers, Stats and Studies, Distracted Driving

Teenage Girls Twice as Likely to Use Cell Phones Behind the Wheel

A new in-car video study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that teenage girls are twice as likely to use electronic devices behind the wheel as teenage boys. However, that doesn’t mean that teenage boys aren’t taking risks while driving. AAA says in a press release that “the leading cause of distraction for all teens was the use of electronic devices, which was seen in seven percent of the video clips analyzed.” AAA Foundation President and ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Tips and Advice, Safety, Teen Drivers, Stats and Studies, Distracted Driving

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