Is It Dangerous To Talk To A Camera While Driving?

  • Published on Nov 13, 2017
  • I'm visiting the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator, to answer a question: how unsafe is it for me to vlog while driving? Is vlogging while driving dangerous? The team at the simulator are the experts to ask.
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  • J.Jarvis
    J.Jarvis 9 days ago

    If you do not know the answer to this title you shouldn’t even be allowed to own a phone. I’m sorry

  • SierraSierraFoxtrot
    SierraSierraFoxtrot 20 days ago

    It's a shame the camera is not in the typical position people put a recording device.

  • snubbedpeer
    snubbedpeer Month ago

    So how well did you do when not talking to the camera? I didn't see any mention of that.

  • Zack Stewart
    Zack Stewart 2 months ago

    Nice NADS.

  • Jaredo_o
    Jaredo_o 2 months ago

    It seems like it slowly moves forward if the car is moving forward. If that's so, what happens when it runs out of space to go? And if it doesn't move forward with the car, why even have an X Y plan to move on?

  • Gaming Needed
    Gaming Needed 2 months ago

    mos realistic simulation... has graphics of Half life 1

  • MorganMD
    MorganMD 3 months ago


    *Read more*

  • Astor Reinhardt
    Astor Reinhardt 4 months ago

    I need to practice my driving in this...instead of in a real car since...driving freaks me out...

  • gary63693
    gary63693 4 months ago

    This test is flawed and inaccurate. By you testing it's accuracy by normal driving, you are fully aware of the fact that you want it to do well, so you will concentrate more. See my point? We all noticed at how many times you looked at the camera, which would mean it is dangerous. Fact is, you don't see ALL people that film while driving take their eyes off the road as much as you did

  • JordanLong
    JordanLong 4 months ago

    Lmao NADS

  • hubsvids
    hubsvids 4 months ago

    I want one

  • Christian Ingmar Kjølsvik

    How does he know to drive on the right side of the road? 🤔

  • Michael Kenyon
    Michael Kenyon 4 months ago

    an irl streamer almost sacrificed themselves to a semi streaming and chatting to a small number of viewers.

  • Quivering Weasels
    Quivering Weasels 4 months ago

    ayy live in iowa

  • Go MGTOW
    Go MGTOW 4 months ago

    That's the insides of a 2014 Toyota Camry ! Old but good design.

  • Derek FoxFire
    Derek FoxFire 4 months ago

    The test that was conducted in this video is not only wrong but it's also getting from anyone who uses it falsified information, you said Tom that the graphics don't matter, and well they actually do, if our minds can't believe that it is real not to mention the lack of a physical response to crashes from the simulation to the driver means your brain doesn't recognize any danger so you automatically become more reckless meaning of course you are gonna look like you are distracted, and that's because your brain just psychologically doesn't care, not to mention Top Gear disproves this as they have been talking to a camera for years and they have had little to no incidents

  • thekerbal
    thekerbal 5 months ago +1

    I know that graphics aren't the point but - they can afford a device which moves a vehicle around and they can't afford something to the equivalent of ETS 2?

  • Jhawk2tall
    Jhawk2tall 5 months ago

    Finally we have a way to prove what we have always thought about Prius drivers

  • Jhawk2tall
    Jhawk2tall 5 months ago

    Speed limits are more of a suggestion

  • nyloGFX
    nyloGFX 5 months ago

    took me 2 minutes to realize that he was in a machine

  • CMDR Sweeper
    CMDR Sweeper 5 months ago

    The next step and question... How well can the simulator handle oversteer and drifting...

  • Mike Leslie
    Mike Leslie 6 months ago

    i want to play initial d in this

  • Frank Harr
    Frank Harr 6 months ago

    Attention blindness.
    Attentional blindness sounds a bit like you're doing it on purpose and that's going to put people off.
    I can nick-pick.

  • Ryan Marshall
    Ryan Marshall 6 months ago

    But no wind if the window is down?

  • Edward Elric
    Edward Elric 6 months ago

    They can fund a multi/million dollar project but can't afford to pay some programmer to make a photo realistic simulation. Which with today's technology is rather easy.

  • Black Ghost
    Black Ghost 7 months ago

    This was interesting my friend. But!!

  • Richard Rootless
    Richard Rootless 7 months ago

    We get drivers, give them a large dose of alcohol and get them into the simulator.

  • друг dealer
    друг dealer 8 months ago


  • Tony Odermatt
    Tony Odermatt 8 months ago

    I know any cell phone use is bad, but for me I am more alert with the hand held over bluetooth. I seemed to tune everything out with the bluetooth. Maybe because I have used a hand held in non driviing for so long, is more natural tome. That being said I usually wait until I stop.

  • Sardun
    Sardun 8 months ago

    Dude imagine this with BeamNG graphics of NFS graphics. actually feeling near-real.

  • Yhowbyjytub310
    Yhowbyjytub310 8 months ago

    Wait, so that WAS you I saw!

  • Edwin Dungdung
    Edwin Dungdung 8 months ago

    I don’t get it with these simulators
    All this tech and yet they don’t do anything or little to improve the graphics for the simulations

  • Qwertz Poiu
    Qwertz Poiu 8 months ago +1

    Which influence to the driving does talking to other people in the car have? thanks

  • chaumas
    chaumas 8 months ago

    How used to to driving on the right side of the road are you? Seems like that might require more cognitive effort for someone from a country that drives on the left, which might complicate these results.

  • Ben Spear
    Ben Spear 9 months ago

    Did Tom Scott just lose his job?

  • Super_
    Super_ 9 months ago

    Tom I hope you'll learn to be more aware of the road now. If you're behind the wheel, your only focus should be driving and staying focused. Don't drive if you're tired or need to piss.

  • Falc1NL
    Falc1NL 9 months ago

    Your channel really is one of the more interesting educational ones out there, Compared to seeker or something like it, you actually go to these places and show what they all do.

  • Camden Moors
    Camden Moors 9 months ago

    Ultimate jack-off machine :)

  • PsychoticusRex
    PsychoticusRex 9 months ago +1

    Which is also why Fire engine, ambulance, police and taxi drivers have such a bad reputation as they are dispatched and have to interact with things other than driving while driving. Also remember, only one of those four does not have whirly-lights on top to let you know their driving while distracted.

  • Zandonus
    Zandonus 9 months ago

    Bad human, no dopamine!

  • Oliver Stocks
    Oliver Stocks 9 months ago

    Where i live (in France) It's even illegal to chat to someone on the phone let alone making a video

  • Josh Keating
    Josh Keating 9 months ago

    I am curious though, what if you make the camera like a passenger then you talk rather than a vlogging camera.

  • T.A.S.
    T.A.S. 9 months ago +1

    And that's why I ignore my phone while driving. I turn on the radio when I set off and that's it.
    I try to pay as much attention to the road as I can. Because even if I were the greatest driver in the world (which I'm most deffinitely not) I have no idea what OTHER drivers are doing. Are they distracted by something? Impaired? Simply not paying attention? There is no way for me to know...... but I can mitigate anything they might do to me (as much as possible) by paying attention myself.

  • Zanzibane
    Zanzibane 9 months ago +1

    1:18 For fuck's sake, why would you call it NADS?

  • Scott Thomas
    Scott Thomas 9 months ago +1

    Wow I wanna get drunk and try that out, I bet people would pay to do that, I would.

    • Scott Thomas
      Scott Thomas 9 months ago

      Then again it's extremely expensive and I doubt they want a bunch of drunks in it every day.

  • Nikolay Yakimov
    Nikolay Yakimov 9 months ago

    I wonder if it's basically the same whether you're talking to a camera or to a passenger. Because I've seen a few drivers who *love* talking to passengers, and that suddenly seems vaguely concerning.

  • Johnny Appleseed
    Johnny Appleseed 9 months ago

    Do it the way car reviewers do it. Don’t look at the camera

  • Jenny DuBois
    Jenny DuBois 9 months ago

    Noooooooo! You were soooo close to me!!! Damnit!

  • voetbal12
    voetbal12 10 months ago +1

    Only shite drivers. I can guarantee I can drive better, talking on a phone and and eating a sandwich than any Asian.

  • Seargent Pugsley
    Seargent Pugsley 10 months ago +1

    Is there an age limit for this?

  • Fallout
    Fallout 10 months ago

    Does it really take a four minute video to conclude the simple answer is *YES* ?

  • Matthew Glennon
    Matthew Glennon 10 months ago

    Please put more of this raw video on your second channel or something. 🎬

  • Der Nerz
    Der Nerz 10 months ago

    18.000th like^^

  • qwerty 100
    qwerty 100 10 months ago

    I'm proud to be an Iowan

  • Hagledesperado
    Hagledesperado 10 months ago

    That is the biggest 3D printer I've ever seen.

  • Mr. W
    Mr. W 10 months ago

    Never driven drunk. I imagine just getting loaded and getting into this simulator would be terrifying.

  • Mr. W
    Mr. W 10 months ago

    Anybody else get annoyed by watching scenes on television or in movies where characters interact while driving? I've been in plenty of heated, dramatic and funny conversations while driving and I look over at my passenger about 100 times less than they do on television. I honestly think no one would notice if they stopped doing that so much. I mean, I'D certainly notice. Ok, so some people would notice. But for the better. /rant

  • mygetrichslowplan
    mygetrichslowplan 10 months ago

    Tom! I live in Iowa City! Wish I'd known you were gonna be around, I would have bought you lunch or something!

  • Menachem Salomon
    Menachem Salomon 10 months ago

    How much does switching from driving on the left to driving on the right affect Tom's driving skills or the attention paid to the road?

  • themonkeyhand
    themonkeyhand 10 months ago

    I'd like to play GTA on that.

  • swagalina
    swagalina 10 months ago

    what a cockblock, what were the results of the cannabis studies?

  • jorklind
    jorklind 10 months ago

    Funny thing is: I've had a car do an uncommanded acceleration on me once - it was quite terrifying. Especially since the engine kept accelerating after I had come to a stop.

  • hope yeah
    hope yeah 10 months ago

    well heelloo John Gaspar.....

  • Moos Gummi
    Moos Gummi 10 months ago

    Is there really a difference between talking to a camera (or a hands free phone) and talking to a passenger in your car? If so, what is it, and if not, should you tell your passengers not to talk to you (like in a bus)?

  • Ram Karlo
    Ram Karlo 10 months ago

    "EDSA, I hate you! I wish I could just ride a horse."
    A horse?!
    By the way, where is EDSA?!

  • Ram Karlo
    Ram Karlo 10 months ago

    Teacher Darcy from Pampanga says:
    "Aside from the earnings and being in control of my time, seeing my students become better English speakers is the best reward I can get out of online teaching."
    BTW, this created a question: Where is Pampanga?

  • hoObzeen
    hoObzeen 10 months ago

    there goes your science funding Kappa

  • Tomikos995
    Tomikos995 10 months ago

    But can you drift in it?

  • AndTheWinnerIs...
    AndTheWinnerIs... 10 months ago

    did they allow for your inclination to drive on the other side?

  • Simon S.
    Simon S. 10 months ago

    How much did this experience change regarding that Tom is used to left-hand driving and this was a right-hand driving simulator?

  • B D W Hardy
    B D W Hardy 10 months ago

    Citation needed

  • Marijn Bliekendaal
    Marijn Bliekendaal 10 months ago

    Why do you english people pronounce geenwich as you do and not as it should be wich is the color followed by the conjunction?

    • Thomas Blethyn
      Thomas Blethyn 10 months ago

      Possibly because it's a very old place which predates modern spelling

  • Vintage Seinfeld DVD
    Vintage Seinfeld DVD 10 months ago +1


  • Arpoky: Director of Lulz
    Arpoky: Director of Lulz 10 months ago

    Now, if only the folks at the University of Iowa can learn how to drive! #IowaState #GoCyclones

  • jedith123456789
    jedith123456789 10 months ago

    Honestly Scott, I'm surprised we didn't get a video of you during the eclipse in the US a few months ago. I would have thought you'd have been all over that

  • 77gravity
    77gravity 10 months ago

    Talking on a mobile phone, even hands-free, has a detrimental effect on driving that is about the same as being 0.05 BAC (too drunk to legally drive). Note that this same effect does NOT happen (well, OK, a little bit) when you are talking to a person in the vehicle with you.
    Don't use your phone AT ALL when driving, except maybe for GPS. No texts, no calls. Not even when stopped at the traffic lights.

  • Luke Evans
    Luke Evans 10 months ago

    Has this affected the way you drive Tom? And do you plan on doing driving / talking videos again in the future?

  • Trilobyte
    Trilobyte 10 months ago

    Lay off the Bourbon drive your Suburban...

  • Jim Lehmann
    Jim Lehmann 10 months ago

    You mention that the graphics look kind of blocky. You should ask them about that. I recall reading once that the graphics in flight simulators are deliberately cartoonish-looking because if they were too real, your brain thinks that you're in the real world and becomes hypersensitive to the tiny differences between the motion you're actually feeling and the motion you'd actually feel in the real world, leading to severe nausea. If the graphics are a bit cartoony, your brain realizes that you aren't in the real world and ignores any differences it finds. In other words, they have to use cartoony graphics to avoid uncanny valley.

  • Waltrr
    Waltrr 10 months ago

    1:03 "...for this video"

  • TheTransforcer
    TheTransforcer 10 months ago

    You get to go 25 in a school zone?! Lucky dog!
    Cool video, sweet apparatus!

  • Geneticus0
    Geneticus0 10 months ago

    I dislike when science is portrayed as an absolute value judgement as opposed to just data. (Mostly because people are dumb.) Yes, driving distracted is unsafe. The problem is we value judge talking to someone ( via BT, but manual dialed) as distracted (and by extension illegal). However, we say the same or higher amounts of distraction are ok and legal; like driving while being the parent of a toddler or having a chatty passenger. It's a variation of the similar argument applied to vape vs. smoking. Vape isn't safe (according to science), ignoring the fact that people are doing it as an alternative to smoking which is much more hazardous. So, yes science can make a safe/not safe determination, but if those results have a logical point of comparison, not including them presents the conclusion as a value judgement. To say that distracted driving accounts for X percent of deaths becomes a biased statement, when you consider that it should be evaluated against the inescapable distractions average people face and instead be presented in subsets. Texting, talking to a camera, talking to a passenger, eating, smoking, manual vs automatic, etc.

  • Moose Moomintoog
    Moose Moomintoog 10 months ago

    So... I totally want to play mario kart in this.

  • NathanWin
    NathanWin 10 months ago

    Why does the national most advanced driving simulator have graphics from the 2000? Seriously are decent animations textures and models still that expensive?

  • Julika7
    Julika7 10 months ago

    I'm interested in the results for Cannabis riding tests.

  • jeesh101
    jeesh101 10 months ago

    Heh. NADS.

  • kofuzi
    kofuzi 10 months ago

    can we compare to talking to a person?

  • ~[Ματ2468χκ]
    ~[Ματ2468χκ] 10 months ago

    This sounds like a good idea for driving schools.

  • MrSonny6155
    MrSonny6155 10 months ago

    Tim Tam

  • SolarMoth
    SolarMoth 10 months ago

    thats really cool, didnt know this existsed

  • Hex³
    Hex³ 10 months ago

    Tom finally hit 1 million subs.

  • Jia Yuan Lo
    Jia Yuan Lo 10 months ago

    Tell that to EngineeringExplained

  • jlwasmer
    jlwasmer 10 months ago

    Too bad self driving cars will make this simulator totally useless.

  • Vensey Ness
    Vensey Ness 10 months ago

    Hey Tom, I'm a bit late but congrats on 1 mil!

  • dascandy
    dascandy 10 months ago

    I'm a bit surprised by the graphics level. When driving I use shadows and indirect lighting heavily, especially during rush hours & rain, to know / see ahead of where I can actually see. When you're behind a line of cars on a 4-lane road, you can see whether people in front of you brake about 5 cars ahead by seeing a red brakelight pop up in the reflection of the car next to you, or the guard rail on the left.

  • Matthew Trzcinski
    Matthew Trzcinski 10 months ago

    But aren't you more used to everything being on the wrong side of the road? Your mind is keyed for the stop sign to be on your left, not your right.

  • Rainer Riegler
    Rainer Riegler 10 months ago

    definitely way too short and not enough information

  • Chas S
    Chas S 10 months ago

    This is an amazing, Tom, thanks for the video. I get my temps in about a month and this video actually shows me that and why I'd need to pay attention to driving. Believe it or not, your video has actually helped make me a better driver before I even start driving. I love your videos Tom, your like a more engaging and likeable Vsauce. I have a couple questions though, if you happen to read this comment. Who edits and creates the scripts (they are awesome), and how to you find the time and energy to travel all over the world like you do? I fell like your job as a youtuber is an amasing one, you get to expirience all sorts of new places and meet all sorts of new people. Again, love your work, keep it up, its amazing!!

  • Hugh Chalmers
    Hugh Chalmers 10 months ago

    4.5minute video summarised in one word: Yes

  • Daniel Valdez
    Daniel Valdez 10 months ago

    Does anybody else think tom would be an amazing teacher?