The dangers of talking to your car – US studies on voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems

October 7, 2014   |   Categories: CARSP News, News

Last Updated on October 17, 2014

Ocober 7, 2014, Yahoo News (WASHINGTON, D.C)

Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. 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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