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Talking to your car can be dangerous, studies say

October 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse.

The studies released Tuesday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah found the systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message, or make a phone call while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel, but many are so error-prone or complex that they require more concentration from drivers rather than less.

Researcher David Strayer, who led the studies, said drivers had to concentrate on exactly what words they wanted to use and in what order to get the systems to follow their commands.

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