Why car’s touchscreen infotainment can be dangerous

Touchscreen infotainment systems have become a staple feature in modern car interiors, boasting sleek designs and user-friendly interfaces. However, their convenience also brings forth a growing worry regarding their impact on driver attention.

According to a report by ARSTechnica, automotive safety testing organization EuroNCAP highlights a concerning trend. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) increasingly rely on central touchscreens to control nearly all features, elevating the risk of distraction for drivers. Interacting with these touchscreen systems while driving can lead to prolonged periods of distraction, diverting the driver’s focus from the road and potentially increasing the likelihood of accidents.

Addressing this safety concern, the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has indicated potential adjustments to car crash testing protocols by 2026. Matthew Avery, Euro NCAP’s director of strategy, emphasizes the importance of incentivizing manufacturers to adopt separate, physical controls for essential functions in a user-friendly manner. This strategic shift aims to minimize the time drivers spend with their eyes off the road, promoting safer driving practices.

Although Euro NCAP lacks governmental enforcement powers, achieving a five-star safety rating from the organization holds significant influence in the market. Manufacturers strive to attain this rating as it serves as a compelling selling point. For instance, Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD recently launched the Seal electric saloon in India, highlighting its safety standards, endorsed by a 5-star rating from EuroNCAP.

The debate surrounding the rising popularity of touchscreen functionalities versus the potential benefits of physical button-operated functions in passenger vehicles, including those in India, remains open. We invite our readers to share their thoughts in the comments section below.

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