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Automobile Head-Up Displays: Safety Feature or Safety Hazard

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Nov 17, 2015 in Auto Accidents

car hud distractionsWith a futuristic feel, head-up displays (HUDs) are high-tech features showing up in newer cars. But is this technology enhancing driver safety or simply adding to a growing list of driver distractions?

Designed to keep drivers eyes on the road, HUDs are digital images projected onto vehicles windshields. Available largely as an add-on for car buyers, there is controversy regarding whether these devices are contributing to the growing problem of distracted driving.

Some people believe HUDs reduce distractions by providing drivers with useful information. Data like navigation, speed and temperature can be displayed directly on the drivers windshield. In more advanced models, HUDs can alert drivers to objects in the road to avoid a collision by highlighting their location on the windshield.

Proponents of this technology insist that it is safer because drivers don't need to look down at their dashboard. Even brief moments when drivers look away from the road may be dangerous.

HUD Distracted Driving Controversy

However, not everyone is impressed with this new technology. Information overload is a concern for people who are cautious about HUDs. Too much noncritical information may overwhelm drivers.

Other factors such as font style, color and the way the display is projected could contribute to dividing drivers attention between the HUD and the highway.

Safety advocates are pressing for regulation of HUD technology in cars to ensure that it is limited to critical information. Currently, the lack of rules may lead to more unnecessary features that put drivers at risk of distraction.

For example, some companies are creating third-party HUD devices that can be used in any vehicle type. There are devices already being sold that feature extra multitasking capabilities like sending and receiving texts or posting a Facebook status update.

Although manufacturers claim these are safer than using your phone, since they are hands-free, the cognitive and visual distractions are still present.

While texting and driving is already illegal in most states, there may be inherent dangers built-in with this new add-on. If people think its safe to browse their Twitter news feed while driving, the safety of such technology may come under fire.

As of now, HUDs exist in only a small number of vehicles. The more popular they become, the more they may begin appearing in additional models.

If you were injured because of a distracted driver, contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Harbin & Burnett. We will fight to get the maximum compensation you deserve.

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