Latest in Aaa

Image credit:

In-car voice commands cost you 27 seconds of safety

Daniel Cooper, @danielwcooper
October 22, 2015
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

We all know that taking your eyes off the road is a bad idea, but now researchers have added another paper to confirm that using voice commands is just as unwise. A team from the University of Utah, in partnership with the American Automobile Association, believes that the mental effort of driving and talking on your phone is still dangerous. According to the research, it takes a full 27 seconds after completing a distracting task — queuing up a song even with your voice alone — before your brain is fully able to concentrate on the art of driving.

The team investigated the in-car infotainment systems in 10 cars released this year, as well as the big three smartphone assistants: Siri, Google Now and Cortana. According to their stats, the Chevy Equinox and Buick Lacrosse had the least distracting systems, while Google Now came out top in the smartphone category. Cortana and the Mazda 6 found themselves stationed at the other end of the table as the most distracting.

Joel Cooper, assistant professor of psychology at Utah says that voice-command tech is "billed as a safe alternative to manual interactions," but "voice systems simply don't work well enough." The study's conclusions state that people should avoid using tech in the car, and that if they want to remain safe, should do nothing more mentally stressful than listening to the radio or an audiobook. Given that most people can't put their smartphone Twitter device down for more than 5 seconds, the self-driving car can't come soon enough.

[Image Credit: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Presenting the Best of CES 2021 winners!

Presenting the Best of CES 2021 winners!

View
Donald Trump pardons ex-Waymo, Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski

Donald Trump pardons ex-Waymo, Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski

View
Synthetic cornea helped a legally blind man regain his sight

Synthetic cornea helped a legally blind man regain his sight

View
Korg teases Drumlogue, a hybrid analog / digital groovebox

Korg teases Drumlogue, a hybrid analog / digital groovebox

View
Paramount+ will replace CBS All Access on March 4th

Paramount+ will replace CBS All Access on March 4th

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr