Head-up Displays Lead to Distracted Drivers
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Jun 21, 2016 in Car Accidents
With today’s tech advances, new automotive technology can quickly emerge. On one side, safety advocates will assert that the technology is yet another distraction, while automakers will proclaim that the technology is completely safe. Head-up displays are the latest tech to come into question on its safety and effectiveness.
In the past, head-up displays were primarily found only in expensive sports cars, but have already made their way into vehicles like BMW, Audi, Lexus, Mercedes and Cadillac.
The head-up display (HUD) projects information onto a vehicle’s windshield so drivers do not have to glance down to see the odometer, temperature gauges, the time and some even issue warning signals if a crash is imminent. This digital technology is installed under the dashboard and can be disabled by the driver if desired.
Head-up Display Dangers
Proponents of head-up displays, such as automakers, insist the technology can reduce the amount of time a driver’s eyes are removed from the road. Since the graphics are transparent, they are not designed to interfere with a driver’s visibility.
While drivers do not have to glance down at pertinent information with the latest technology, safety groups believe the displays may contribute to distracted driving and could be information overload.
Since distracted driving is a known safety issue, adding technology that permits drivers to make dinner reservations or update their social media profiles while behind the wheel raises serious concerns.
There are no federal regulations that govern head-up displays yet, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started looking into this issue and should produce guidelines soon.
If you have been seriously injured in a vehicle collision due to a distracted driver, call the South Bend auto accident attorneys at Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak today. Costly medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering can quickly become overwhelming. We can help you receive the compensation you deserve and pursue justice by holding liable parties accountable.