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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  • Runtime: 4:27
  • tom scott  tomscott  built for science  national advanced driving simulator  university of iowa  driving simulation  driver safety  driver distraction  

Comments: 1 450

  • Matthew Glennon
    Matthew Glennon 10 hours ago

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

  • Der Nerz
    Der Nerz 11 hours ago

    18.000th like^^

  • qwerty 100
    qwerty 100 12 hours ago

    I'm proud to be an Iowan

  • Hagledesperado
    Hagledesperado Day ago

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

  • Mr. W
    Mr. W Day ago

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

  • Mr. W
    Mr. W Day 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

    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

    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 2 days ago

    I'd like to play GTA on that.

  • swagalina
    swagalina 2 days ago

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

  • jorklind
    jorklind 2 days 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 2 days ago

    well heelloo John Gaspar.....

  • Moos Gummi
    Moos Gummi 2 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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 3 days ago

    there goes your science funding Kappa

  • Tomikos995
    Tomikos995 3 days ago

    But can you drift in it?

  • AndTheWinnerIs...
    AndTheWinnerIs... 3 days ago

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

  • SimonHellinger
    SimonHellinger 3 days 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 3 days ago

    Citation needed

  • Marijn Bliekendaal
    Marijn Bliekendaal 4 days 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 4 days ago

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

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    Vintage Seinfeld DVD 4 days ago +1


  • Arpoky: Director of Lulz

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

  • jedith123456789
    jedith123456789 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days ago

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

  • Trilobyte
    Trilobyte 5 days ago

    Lay off the Bourbon drive your Suburban...

  • Jim Lehmann
    Jim Lehmann 5 days 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 5 days ago

    1:03 "...for this video"

  • TheTransforcer
    TheTransforcer 5 days ago

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

  • Geneticus0
    Geneticus0 5 days 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 6 days ago

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

  • NathanWin
    NathanWin 6 days 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 6 days ago

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

  • jeesh101
    jeesh101 6 days ago

    Heh. NADS.

  • kofuzi
    kofuzi 6 days ago

    can we compare to talking to a person?

  • pac
    pac 6 days ago


  • ~[螠伪蟿2468蠂魏]

    This sounds like a good idea for driving schools.

  • MrSonny6155
    MrSonny6155 6 days ago

    Tim Tam

  • SolarMoth
    SolarMoth 7 days ago

    thats really cool, didnt know this existsed

  • Hex鲁
    Hex鲁 7 days ago

    Tom finally hit 1 million subs.

  • Jia Yuan Lo
    Jia Yuan Lo 7 days ago

    Tell that to EngineeringExplained

  • jlwasmer
    jlwasmer 7 days ago

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

  • Vensey Ness
    Vensey Ness 7 days ago

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

  • dascandy
    dascandy 7 days 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 7 days 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 7 days ago

    definitely way too short and not enough information

  • Chas S
    Chas S 7 days 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 7 days ago

    4.5minute video summarised in one word: Yes

  • Daniel Valdez
    Daniel Valdez 7 days ago

    Does anybody else think tom would be an amazing teacher?

  • Nagappan Shanmugavadivel

    I have spent months studying ways of beating the fear of driving and found an awesome resource at Roys Quick Fix (google it if you're interested)

  • PAPO1990
    PAPO1990 7 days ago

    Is this the only one, or is there a PAIR of NADS :'D
    Cool though

  • Dionys Emch
    Dionys Emch 7 days ago

    How old are you

  • weehawk
    weehawk 7 days ago

    I only speed on purpose.

  • Luis Morales
    Luis Morales 7 days ago

    Theres one dude on YT, ThisDoesNotCompute, who always do this "video podcast when he drives" and so far hes not dead, ot on a crash.

  • soapwad
    soapwad 7 days ago

    Ok but John Gaspar is hella cute

  • Caffine Molecule
    Caffine Molecule 7 days ago

    Everyone has nads.

  • My Thoughts
    My Thoughts 8 days ago

    All the pedestrians in here are suicidal , all of them!

  • BruceWillakers
    BruceWillakers 8 days ago

    omg you mean some guy is a drunk driver AS A CAREER??

  • BionicDance
    BionicDance 8 days ago

    If this thing doesn't have a "Knight Rider" and "Back to the Future" mode, I am _VERY_ disappointed.

  • JJ ceo
    JJ ceo 8 days ago

    Based on how much you actually look at the camera! I'm going to guess! YES YOU ARE DANGEROUS!

  • MikeDrop
    MikeDrop 8 days ago

    CONGRATS ON 1,000,000!!!

  • Draviator
    Draviator 8 days ago

    Good news, this will soon be irrelevant! Ask Google, Apple, Toyota... Oh and, Elon. Great video as always!!!

  • Sukigu
    Sukigu 8 days ago

    I think this might not accurately represent every situation. In this case, you were going by a script and you had a bit more mental work to do to ensure you said all the lines correctly. Maybe other things people do in the car don't require as much attention and thus can be less dangerous.

  • Matt Jansen
    Matt Jansen 8 days ago

    Great video Tom! I hope you enjoyed your time visiting Iowa.

  • My gender is Apache
    My gender is Apache 8 days ago

    *As long as you crash NO!*

  • SavanFilms
    SavanFilms 8 days ago

    Awesome and interesting video Tom and also congrats on the 1 Million subs!

    TBONE RESPAWN 8 days ago

    So you're telling me that these people pay people to drink alcohol and drive?

  • Brett
    Brett 8 days ago

    There's so many variables they could test here. Not only the effects of alcohol, fatigue and the scenario in this video that creates distraction. It's also talking with passengers, fiddling with in built gadgets, car stereos, navigation and such. Blue tooth..etc. A growing issue with the extras in new cars. Mobile phones and such and the idiots who text or talk while driving. Even down to two way radios.. Also, one that many don't seem to think of, smokers! How distracted is a smoker trying to light up? Then how distracted is the smoker who drops the glowing lighter or cigarette itself. Dad did that 40 odd years ago, dropped a cigarette between his legs and nearly had an accident.

  • walter mcdonough
    walter mcdonough 8 days ago

    wow didn't even realize the university had this! (I live in Iowa City)

  • Craig Jones
    Craig Jones 8 days ago

    This video was The NADS

  • omegafolf
    omegafolf 8 days ago

    Dang, wish I knew you were in Iowa

  • Alex Json
    Alex Json 8 days ago

    Can it drift tho

  • ali isa
    ali isa 8 days ago

    good camera
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  • Ant Bandit
    Ant Bandit 8 days ago

    I watched this while driving.

  • Gouranga
    Gouranga 8 days ago

    crappy graphics for being so expensive. they need to team up with forsa or someone

  • SimNico
    SimNico 8 days ago

    That's a sick simulator they've got here, it looks better than the full flight sims I've "flown"!

  • Isaak Schmidt
    Isaak Schmidt 8 days ago

    You came to Iowa!?!聽 You have my deepest condolences.

    • Isaak Schmidt
      Isaak Schmidt 6 days ago

      It seems to be happening on Internet Explorer. I normally use Firefox at home but my work computer I have to use IE, because reasons. Really dumb and bad reasons.

    • ILikeWafflz
      ILikeWafflz 8 days ago

      Wait, it does that?
      It doesn't seem to do it to me.

    • Isaak Schmidt
      Isaak Schmidt 8 days ago

      What kind of witch craft is this stupidity?聽 You can't use enter for a new line anymore?!?聽 You have to let the txt wrap, and if you put an empty line between paragraphs聽YouTube will automatically delete it out?!?聽 Who green lit this Tom Fuckery?

  • Josh M
    Josh M 8 days ago

    I legit didn't even realize it was a simulation an till it cut to the simulator.

  • Oli Mapping
    Oli Mapping 8 days ago

    Omg well done tom

  • Jan Du Toit
    Jan Du Toit 8 days ago

    Wonder what the effects are for people listening to audio books.

  • Commandelicious
    Commandelicious 8 days ago

    It's also dangerous to go alone. Take this -->-------

  • Dreadliest
    Dreadliest 8 days ago

    Can I get paid to drink alcohol and simulate driving please

  • kcisthegoat
    kcisthegoat 8 days ago

    that was dope

  • Javier Ontiveros
    Javier Ontiveros 8 days ago

    This is so stupid

  • KD Hovis
    KD Hovis 8 days ago

    Tom you have a great voice!

  • Michael Griffiths
    Michael Griffiths 8 days ago

    Saki from Sakitech should watch this, he films 75% of his videos whilst driving.

  • Anders 脰hlund
    Anders 脰hlund 8 days ago +1

    Send this video to every vlogger ever. Or send all the vloggers for a reality check at this place.

  • UKTVGlod
    UKTVGlod 8 days ago

    It is dangerous to operate a camera while driving, though, as shown in this crash test footage

  • Charles Darwin
    Charles Darwin 8 days ago +1

    Of course it is. Only a liberal would ask this.

  • chris davidson
    chris davidson 8 days ago

    if you never do it it's going to make a big difference, if you do it often it's hardly going to make any difference at all. is it really any different to talking to someone else who's in the car with you? singing a song that's on the radio?

  • Paula Clarke
    Paula Clarke 8 days ago

    Be safe Tom, we need you!

  • skankhunt42
    skankhunt42 8 days ago

    Congratulations on one million, Tom! You deserved it! :D

  • MariosGameRoom
    MariosGameRoom 8 days ago

    Meanwhile the lads at Top Gear..

  • James. Chu.
    James. Chu. 8 days ago

    *Talks about whether it's dangerous whilst talking into a camera when driving whilst talking into a camera whilst driving*

  • chad hamel
    chad hamel 8 days ago

    ...piss poor video. gave almost no information other than highlighting the machine itself. He sped once and missed one stop sign. doing 15 continuous minutes of filming. how often do you vlog for that long straight? of course you have to think of lines! plus we don't know how you did while not distracted so nothing to compare it to. overall just ZERO real information giving.

  • Mister Hat
    Mister Hat 8 days ago

    Common sense, but nice to see proof.

  • dancing horses
    dancing horses 8 days ago

    G O H A W K E Y E S

  • Yomamasapeach
    Yomamasapeach 8 days ago

    1 million subs

  • mattymatt2323
    mattymatt2323 8 days ago +1

    is that a 40yo in a 15yo body?