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Study finds hands-free texting while driving is unsafe

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Study finds hands-free texting while driving is unsafe
According to a study conducted by AAA, hands-free texting is actually more distracting than talking on the phone.

It boils down to the task being performed and what the brain can handle. Apparently the brain stumbles hard on the task of voice-based texting, even over holding a phone in the hand.

Using test subjects in their 20s and 30s, researchers conducted three layers of tests, in a lab, then in a simulator, then in a residential area on real roads. The device used was an unspecified Samsung smartphone with a hands-free device in a vehicle that was not equipped with an integrated infotainment system.

All the participants had good driving records and the researchers found that the task of hands-free texting caused a “large” amount of distraction. Holding a cell phone and carrying on a conversation posed only a “moderate” distraction. That is in line with a previous study that AAA performed where drivers navigated a course under varying degrees of distraction.

More and more states in the US are making texting while driving illegal and while there is pressure on automakers to limit some infotainment system functions in their vehicles, they counter that would only result in drivers using their devices in-hand again.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 12 Jun 2013, 18:21 2

1. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1183; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


you hear that kids, no text while driving.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 18:38 3

2. Dr.Phil (Posts: 918; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Actually, according to the study I am guessing they also don't recommend talking to a passenger as well. The study found that talking to a passenger was even more distracting than operating your cell phone.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 19:23

3. jroc74 (Posts: 5070; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I am in the process of taking a driving class....and that is considered a distraction.

The radio was considered a distraction. Or maybe it was load music.

If passengers arent supposed to talk to the bus driver while they are driving...I would say yea it is a distraction.

IMO anything thats takes your focus away from the road is a distraction.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 19:42

4. quakan (Posts: 1203; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Sneezing while driving is also very dangerous and apparently irresponsible.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sneezing-while-driving-responsible-for-2500-accidents-a-week/1074794/

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:35

5. NoToMotorola (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


bluetooth, hands free, speech-to-text capabilities are all self-justifiable... its the mind that needs to focus on the road - not on the phone/person on the receiving end.

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