Study Claims Voice-to-Text is Just as Dangerous as Manual Texting While Driving
April 23, 2013 9:12 AM
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Study findings show voice to text is no safer
A new study conducted at Texas A&M University by the Texas Transportation Institute comparing voice-to-text and traditional texting using a smartphone in an actual driving environment. The people behind the study report that the findings show using voice-to-text services are no safer than texting manually while driving.
"In each case, drivers took about twice as long to react as they did when they weren't texting," Christine Yager, who headed the study, told Reuters. "Eye contact to the roadway also decreased, no matter which texting method was used."
The researchers involved in the study used 43 different drivers and had them drive along a test track repeatedly while performing various tasks. The participants drove along the track, with no electronic devices in the car to distract them during one session. The participants then drove along the same test track while using voice to text applications on a smartphone, and another time the drivers drove along the same track on texting manually. Participants used both the iPhone and Android devices during the test.
Interestingly, the study found that using speech to text actually took longer for drivers than traditional texting because the need to go back and correct the often garbled texts composed using voice services.
The study highlights a significant safety concern in that while it found drivers were no safer using voice-to-text services as opposed to manually texting, drivers reported feeling safer when using the former.
Several states and individual cities around the country currently have laws on the books banning texting while driving without using a hands-free device. California is one such state where it is illegal to manually text while driving, but it is
legal to send text messages
using voice-controlled devices. Many automotive manufacturers are also integrating technology into their vehicles supporting hands-free services for phone calls and texting. One of the most popular is
, which is available on nearly every Ford vehicle.
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4/23/2013 10:11:59 AM
If you kill someone because you were texting while driving you're not only an idiot but you're a murderer. Have fun with that.
4/23/2013 11:40:28 PM
They should just ban people from using their phone when driving. If they don't text then they'll just surf facebook and write on each other's walls. If you outlaw facebook then they'll find something else. It'll never end.
Even if you pass a law against phones, people will find something else. At least these idiots spent all their money in their phones these days that they can't afford subs anymore. That was the craze when I was in college in 2002 along with street racing and making annoying mods to your car. EG park benches trunk or spoiler, flip up stereo deck with all kinds of crazy animations distracting the shit out of you, LCD screens all over the place playing porn or rap videos.
One way or another people will find ways to go full retard. NEVER GO FULL RETARD!
4/24/2013 9:49:21 AM
Isn't that point of these laws?
Those against the laws because they think it's overreaching into their area of personal responsibility seem to forget their responsibility not to endanger other people should be legislated for. It should be illegal to text message if those actions lead to the death of someone other than yourself.
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