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  • Apr 26th 2013 at 11:01AM
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So much for all those systems that allow you to convert your voice to text messages. Reuters reports that a new study by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M has found the technology to be no safer to use while driving than employing a traditional handheld device. The study found that drivers took around twice as long to react to situations on the road as they did while they weren't texting and that eye contact with the road decreased as well.

The study used 43 participants who were tasked with driving around a test course, first without any electronic devices and then with a voice-to-text system. Interestingly enough, using the speech-to-text device actually took longer than simply typing out a message on a phone. Despite this fact, the drivers said they felt safer while using the hands-free option. Researchers said that this response could lead drivers to attempt to text even when it isn't safe to do so.


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      knightrider_6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even if it is not hazardous, it is annoying. So many times I get stuck behind someone texting or talking on the phone, swerving left and right in the lane, keeping too much distance from car in front, randomly applying brakes for no reason. What is so important that you can't wait fifteen minutes? On top of everything we have auto/phone companies lobbying to prevent any legislation.
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @knightrider_6
        "So many times I get stuck behind someone texting or talking on the phone, swerving left and right in the lane, keeping too much distance from car in front, randomly applying brakes for no reason." You know what the funny thing is? lol.. i see MORE people doing that stuff WITHOUT a cell-phone in their hand, lol.
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      Doing ANYTHING except paying attention to the road is dangerous. "Handsfree" phone calls are just as distracting as hand-held ones. Just pay attention to the road, and do your business/socializing once you've arrived.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I was Tsar I'd outlaw all of those infotainment & huge stupid screens all over the vehicle! And is have cell blocking technology so you could not text in a moving vehicle.
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      It took longer to use speech-to-text than type? I know from much experience that's not even REMOTELY true! Unless you are sending messages like, "OMW, ETA 5min.", but for those of us that use real words and even whole sentences, speech to text is more than ten time faster. I call BS.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do people have to play with gadgets every minute of the day? Is our society that immature and in un-disciplined? Can't people just drive?
        Just Stuff
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        The answer is NO, and it has nothing to do with cell phones
      chromal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Watched a dude in a SUV camping out in the passing lane, drifting left and right all over his lane. He was holding up a smartphone and poking at it. I don't know if he was texting or not, but it was visibly impacting his driving, and kind of alarming to be in the next lane over next to his weaving. If the car in front of him had slammed on their brakes, I question whether this guy would have reacted in time. It's disheartening that people do this. I'd rather they sped but paid attention to their driving, at least that would be safer.
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing to see that people had to actually "study" to find out that texting by voice is still not safe.
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Voice-to-text takes longer than just texting? I believe it! Right after you speak into your phone, you then have to review if the program translated it correctly and if not (99% of the time) you have to sift through the message and correct as necessary.
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      The voice to text stuff is kind of slow and clunky. They should come up with apps on the phones that allow you to use your voice to talk directly to the other person instead of some 19th century telegraph style text message.
        Nemebean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jake
        I'm pretty sure this post was a joke. If not, well, there's no hope for the human race.
        Lab Rat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jake
        That app is called a "phone call." Moron.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      These studies are starting to get so repetitive, can’t they all agree no amount communication technology is appropriate while operating a car, other than your brain focused on the single task of driving. It's a stupid as cutting wood with a electric saw or trying to shave your face at the same time you are looking down at the phone, most peoples brains are not wired to operate like that.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      Doing ANYTHING ELSE that involves mental focus while driving is dangerous, even conversing with other occupants. I'd even say that consumer behavior of opting for automatic transmissions serves to convince many of them that they have a 'hand free' to do whatever.
      tylermars.design
      • 2 Years Ago
      People are bored while driving. They treat cars as appliances, and no longer enjoy it, so they need something to do to pass the time. There's your problem; that and the lack of MT's..........
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