By Kelsey Mays on August 2, 2012
The debate over driver distraction from in-car multimedia systems is far from over, but a new study suggests drivers think automakers have crossed the line. Market researcher Harris Interactive released a poll that shows 76% of car owners think in-car connectivity is distracting and potentially dangerous, and 61% of respondents don't want constant connectivity to online, navigation and multimedia systems in their cars. Just over half think in-car technologies "have gone too far," but the crux might be what constitutes "constant" connectivity. Harris found that 58% of drivers like at least some connectivity. Shoppers younger than 35 are more open to it, as are men, and 58% said such in-vehicle technology would somewhat influence their next vehicle purchase. Another major worry is privacy. Nearly two-thirds of drivers think in-car technology would provide too much personal information like driving habits and location to third-party companies, Harris said.
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