June 12, 2013
Study Confirms Hands-Free Texting While Driving Is Unsafe
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.
Texting 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.
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