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If you're not sure having a big tablet-like device for an infotainment screen in your car is the way to go because of its fiddly operation, then you might want to read on.


Apparently, some functions provided by dashboard tablets necessitate the driver's attention for far too long – up to 4 seconds, it seems, for reading a text message.
The government advises that you should only look at the screen for 1.5-2 seconds at a time for no more than 12 seconds. Reading a short text message takes 4 seconds, but how about browsing through online radios, checking the weather or messing with the sat-nav? Those probably take comparable lengths of time to achieve…
 

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I agree that some of them, that can read out tweets or text messages etc. will be a distraction. Surely no text or tweet will ever be that urgent you need to know about it right away?
 

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BMW nails it I think with their idrive system. iDrive is just so intuitive, you glance at it. Using touchscreens are actually hazardous, since the touchscreen isn't physically tactile enough to grip long enough for a press, especially on bumpy/windy roads.
 
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