Study Shows Voice-Automated Vehicle Technology More Distracting Than Phones

June 21, 2013

The risks posed by distracted driving are beginning to gain national attention, and many auto manufacturers are introducing new vehicle technology allowing drivers to use automated voice commands to control devices like radios and cellphones. But a new study has shown that using such technology may put drivers more at risk of causing a Distracted Driving Accident than simply making a phone call.

According to an article released last week by The Denver Post, researchers at the University of Utah used an EEG cap to measure the brain waves of motorists as they maneuvered a vehicle through a closed course while operating a cellphone both by hand and using voice command technology. The data gathered showed drivers experienced higher volumes of brain activity when using voice commands than when dialing a number and talking.

The findings leave many wondering what they can do to eliminate the risks of distracted driving. Experts tend to agree that the most effective way to prevent accidents is to not engage in distracting behavior behind the wheel of a car. This means putting phones down and adjusting the radio and vehicle settings before moving a vehicle.

The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm recognize the dangers of distracted driving. The firm suggests speaking with an attorney if you have been hurt in an accident caused by another motorist engaged in such behavior.

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