June 12, 2013

Study Confirms Hands-Free Texting While Driving Is Unsafe

AAA-Strayer-Distracted-Driving1.jpg Using voice text messaging, included in systems such as Ford's'Sync and Toyota's Entune, is more distracting to drivers than making calls with handheld mobile phones, a study by AAA found. Bloomberg reports.

quotemarksright.jpgTexting a friend verbally while behind the wheel caused a "large" amount of mental distraction compared with "moderate/significant" for holding a phone conversation or talking with a passenger and "small" when listening to music or an audio book, the University of Utah study found in a report released by AAA today.

Automakers have promoted voice-based messaging as a safer alternative to taking hands off the wheel to place a call and talk on a handheld phone. "As we push towards these hands-free systems, we may be solving one problem while creating another," says researcher Joel Cooper.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Report: Measuring Cognitive Distractions.

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