Numlock Sunday: Russ Mitchell on the danger…

By Walt Hickey Welcome to the Numlock Sunday edition. This week I spoke to Russ Mitchell, who wrote ‘We are killing people’: How technology has made your car ‘a candy store of distraction’ for The Los Angeles Times. Here's what I wrote about it: Interactive infotainment systems in cars are potentially dangerous sources of distraction for drivers. While 98 percent of people polled say they’re concerned about distracted driving as a safety issue, 70 percent also said they themselves use their cellphones while driving, according to Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety. But one big distraction is the screen in the car itself; the NHTSA recommends that infotainment systems should distract a driver’s attention for no more than six seconds at a time, but those are just voluntary guidelines, and many actions tested by actual researchers take

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