Safety in Connected Cars an Issue for Drivers
More than 65 percent of those surveyed said they would prefer always-on navigation systems that work with or without wireless coverage in the vehicle.More than 56 percent of drivers have safety concerns about managing multiple, non-integrated applications for local search, navigation and mapping while behind the wheel, according to a survey of more than 150 U.S. car owners conducted by mapping software specialist deCarta. More than 65 percent of those surveyed said they would prefer always-on navigation systems that work with or without wireless coverage in their vehicle. Likewise, 64 percent said they desire smart integrated traffic solutions for optimum route calculation, including traffic-enabled routing that continuously checks current and historic traffic flow and upcoming roadway incidents and re-routes the trip automatically. "The most important thing to improve safety is to minimize the amount of touch interaction the driver has with the system, or even the amount of time the driver has to look at the map," J. Kim Fennell, president and CEO of deCarta, told eWeek. "This means the navigation system should have smarter, clearer voice commands that can guide the driver audibly rather than requiring constant viewing of the route."
Fennell explained the best solution is to have location based service (LBS) apps seamlessly integrated, that are context aware and work for the driver, providing the right information at the right time and making choices for the driver based on where they are, and where they need to get to—and on their predetermined preferences.