Canadian Road Safety News Digest

Talking cars actually more dangerous, studies find

October 7, 2014   |   Categories: Canadian Road Safety News Digest, News

Last Updated on October 17, 2014

CBC News (TORONTO, ONTARIO)

Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.

The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message, or make a phone call while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel, but many of these systems are so error-prone or complex that they require more concentration from drivers rather than less, according to studies released Tuesday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah.

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