According to a new research, it was found that the hands-free technologies in the cars are equally distracting as any other device such as a smartphone. Out of four drivers, three believe that the use of such technologies is completely distraction-free and safe. However, the new study suggests that the use of Google Now, SIRI, or Cortana while driving could be deadly.
The research that was conducted by the University of Utah, it was found that the drivers are more distracted and frustrated when the voice command feature is unable to recognize the words. Sometimes it is nearly impossible for the driver to send a text, or perform a task in the car.
At one point, Dr. Strayer said, someone testing one of the voice-activated systems “tried to change the radio, and it instead changed the temperature in the car.”
The research was sponsored by AAA, “We already know that drivers can miss stop signs, pedestrians and other cars while using voice technologies because their minds are not fully focused on the road ahead,” said Bob Darbelnet, chief executive officer of AAA. “We now understand that current shortcomings in these products, intended as safety features, may unintentionally cause greater levels of cognitive distraction.”
New technologies such as Apple Siri, Google Now and Microsoft Cortana are making their way from smartphones to the cars, and several reports have suggested that the use of voice assistant could result into a deadly accident.
“Technologies used in the car that rely on voice communications may have unintended consequences that adversely affect road safety,” said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “The level of distraction and the impact on safety can vary tremendously based on the task or the system the driver is using.”