With everyone from Apple, Google and automakers jostling for the best in-car infotainment experience, Apple has come out on top as the least distracting for drivers.
This conclusion was the result from a AAA survey taken in June 2018, who compared Apple’s CarPlay, Google’s Android Auto, and the native infotainment system in five 2017/2018 vehicles.
The tests included the visual demand aspect – eyes of the road – and the cognitive demand each platform required whilst carrying out the following tasks:
- Making a phone call
- Sending a text message
- Queuing up audio entertainment
- Programming navigation system
The end result saw Apple CarPlay and Android Auto required a moderate level of demand whilst the native infotainment systems from automakers require a very high level of visual and cognitive demand.
Apple CarPlay was better at sending texts, whilst Android Auto did better at navigation, something Apple should take note of with their Apple Maps with Siri interaction, and this could improve with the introduction of Google Maps / Waze for Apple CarPlay.
It’s unfortunate that the survey didn’t cater for aftermarket solutions, however I am sure they would sit between Android Auto and the Automakers. The one thing to take from this survey is that which ever infotainment platform you chose, be it Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto, if you have to interact with your mobile and it’s content, they are the safest way to do so at the moment.
[Source: Cult of Mac]