Poll: Many think in-car technology a risk

Aug. 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM
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NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Most American car owners think automakers have gone too far with in-car connectivity technology that is distracting and dangerous, a poll found.

In a Harris Poll, more than three in four car owners said they believe in-car technologies including mobile device connection to the Internet, navigation systems, emergency response systems, and driving habit monitoring devices represent a risk of distracted driving and possible resulting accidents.

A strong majority of car owners, 62 percent, also worry that technology may interfere with their privacy, including where and how they drive, a Harris release reported.

But the poll also revealed conflicting opinions, as three in five respondents say they view their car as a haven from the outside world and don't want to always be connected while driving, while more than half said in-car connectivity makes driving more enjoyable and makes them feel safer while on the road.

"Ultimately, when it comes to marrying technology with their car, consumers want it to be both safe and in a way that they can control," said Mike Chadsey, vice president and automotive solutions consultant at Harris Interactive.

"Americans may be addicted to their technology but they also love the freedom represented by their automobile and are not ready to have anything interfere with their driving experience."

The survey was conducted online within the United States May 7-16 among 2,634 adults ages 18 and over, of whom 1,991 currently own or lease a vehicle, Harris said.

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