Regulations on connectivity in cars should recognize role of smartphones
We can be connected with our smartphones at all times, including when weêre driving but should we? asked Kristin Kolodge, executive director of driver interaction and human machine interface at J.D. Power and Associates.
Kolodge studies more than 60 technologies geared toward connectivity and comfort. Consumers said the technologies should be standard equipment on vehicles, at no extra charge. They want the technology, but they want it to work not like some carsê multimedia or navigation systems that are hard to use. Another technology, voice recognition, is intended to reduce driver distraction, but has had quality problems. The smartwatches coming on the market could increase driver distraction, especially because the type must be small to fit on the watch.
On average, said Kolodge, we spend three hours a day in our vehicle, and we expect to be accessible while driving. Future regulations on car connectivity must recognize the role of smartphones in everyday life.Download Bulletin PDF