Benefits & Safety Risks

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Papers, polls, Q&A items, and comments on this page are oriented to topics and issues associated with Benefits and Safety Risks of in-vehicle technologies. Feel free to post comments on issues outlined below, or in response to papers, polls, and/or questions submitted to our expert panel. Although discussions are meant to emphasize safety impacts associated with in-vehicle technological devices, comments relating to safety risks deriving from non-technological or traditional sources of distraction (e.g., eating, shaving, applying make-up, monitoring kids, etc) are also welcome. A moderator has been assigned to periodically synthesize comments, keep discussions focused and moving, emphasize key points, and offer additional insights into related issues.


Extent of Problem & Safety Risks

  • To what extent is there a safety problem? Are problems limited to new users who are first learning to use the system, or are they more pervasive and wide spread?
  • How can we maintain benefits without sacrificing safety?
  • What can we expect to see in terms of impacts and how do we assess the appropriate level of safety risks from using in-vehicle technologies?
    • Can we expect crash rates to increase as a result of in-vehicle technologies?
    • How will these technologies affect individual’s ability to drive?
    • Can drivers be trusted to regulate their use of these technologies – limiting their use to situations when it is presumed safe to operate.
    • Will drivers become less cautious as they become routinely exposed to these technologies?
Research Needs
  • What are the important unanswered questions relating to safety & benefits of in-vehicle technology. What research issues should we invest our time and resources studying?


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