Key research findings:
1. Controlling the vehicle’s position in the lane and keeping a consistent speed and headway to the vehicle in front severely when interacting with either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, particularly when using touch control
2. Participants failed to react as often to a stimulus on the road ahead when engaging with either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay – with reaction times being more than per cent slower
3. Reaction time to a stimulus on the road ahead was higher when selecting music through Spotify while using Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
4. The impact on reaction time when using touch control (rather than voice control) was worse than texting while driving
5. Use of either system via touch control caused drivers to take their eyes off the road for longer than NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) recommended guidelines
6. Participants underestimated by as much as 5 seconds the time they thought they spent looking away from the road when engaging with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay via touch control.
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During the study drivers completed a series of three drives on the same simulated test route to assess the level of impact of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the first run, drivers did not interact with the system. On subsequent runs, drivers interacted with the system using voice control only and then using touch control only.
Both methods of control were found to significantly distract drivers, however, touchscreen control proved the more distracting of the two.
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Simulator test subject when asked “Did anything surprise you about using Android Auto?”
Neil Greig, Director of Policy & Research, IAM RoadSmart
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