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New cars increasingly crammed with distracting technology

By JOAN LOWY
October 05, 2017 04:54 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says the infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time.

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The study is the latest by University of Utah professor David Strayer, who has been examining the impact of infotainment systems on safety for AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety since 2013. Strayer says past studies also identified problems, but the "explosion of technology" has made things worse.

Automakers now include more infotainment options to allow drivers to use social media, email and text. The technology is also becoming more complicated to use. Some vehicles now have as many as 50 buttons on the steering wheel and dashboard that are multi-functional.

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