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Hands-Free Technology Can Make Drivers More Dangerous Options
Daemon
Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Hands-Free Technology Can Make Drivers More Dangerous

Hands-free, speech-activated phone and infotainment systems for drivers are meant to make roads safer, but many are having the opposite effect. These systems are intended to make it easier for drivers to do things like make a call, send a text, or tune the radio without taking their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel, but many of the programs are so error-prone and complicated that they end up being a greater distraction than, for example, talking on a hand-held cell phone. More...
Dialectrum
Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014 12:49:54 AM

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Look Ma, both hands on the wheel!

Ooops, but I still crashed.
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014 3:49:20 AM

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A recent Australian study showed that having small children in the car is far more dangerous than talking on a mobile phone!
This is an Aussie website so only some of you will be able to access it. http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4094069.htm

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Copy/pasted excerpt from transcript: Associate Professor Judith Charlton
What we found was that children were 12 times more frequent in their capacity to distract the driver than were cell phones. We saw drivers engage with their children in a variety of ways, including reaching back to pass them food. Of course we see conversations and singing and so on. But in an average 16-minute trip, the parents were taking their eyes off the road for around 3 minutes and 16 seconds. And this clearly is of concern.


When you make an assumption, you make an ass of u & umption! - NeuroticHellFem
Damascus
Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014 6:25:48 AM

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the biggest problem isn't busy hands but busy mind
rossalicia
Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014 7:39:08 AM

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I agree with you, Sham Dari. The mind has to focus on driving, not talking, or having hands-free.
striker
Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014 1:55:54 PM
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multitasking is dangerous
Daniel Miramon
Posted: Monday, October 13, 2014 8:06:39 PM

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i could see this making people very lazy but for senior citizens or the disabled it would be useful. on the other hand the reaction time for people to speak than people to move is much slower and in order for this to be a completely sucessful and safe idea it still needs, as my class would say, "more fixing"
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