New in-vehicle technology takes drivers' eyes and attention offthe road and hands off the wheel for potentially dangerous periodsof time, according to new research from the AAA Foundation forTraffic Safety

Drivers using in-vehicle technologies like voice-based and touchscreen features were visually and mentally distracted for more than40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation orsending a text message. Removing eyes from the road for just twoseconds doubles the risk of a crash, according to previousresearch.

"Some in-vehicle technology can create unsafe situations fordrivers on the road by increasing the time they spend with theireyes and attention off the road and hands off the wheel," said Dr.David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for TrafficSafety. "When an in-vehicle technology is not properly designed,simple tasks for drivers can become complicated and require moreeffort from drivers to complete."

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