Voice-operated texting, emailing more dangerous for drivers than simply talking on cellphone

  • Article by: JOAN LOWY , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 12, 2013 - 12:35 PM

WASHINGTON — Dashboard technology that lets drivers text and email with voice commands — marketed as a safer alternative — actually is more distracting than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found.

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vegasgalJun. 12, 13 9:51 AM

If you are looking at anything else except the road you are a dangerous driver. The includes your cell phone, your dash board monitor, your navigation screen or your kids in the back seat. It is just plain scary out there. I know because I AM looking.

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timandtiaJun. 12, 1310:20 AM

A couple of weeks ago I bought a new pickup. I told the salesman that I did not want any of those "distraction features" that new pickups/cars have these days. In fact, I told him that having the CD player would be in my way (by the way I won't use it). I do play the radio once in awhile though. I still can't figure out why automakers put all these distraction features in cars when they can distract drivers. All I want to do is drive safely!

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swmnguyJun. 12, 1310:21 AM

My cell phone is also my business phone. I use over 1000 minutes per month, and at least 500 text messages. That said, when I'm driving the thing is "OFF." I simply can't drive safely while using it. Maybe that's because I'm in my late 40s? But I don't think so.

I don't drive all that much, since I work from my home office. But almost every single time I do drive, I have at least one encounter with a distracted driver, and almost every one of those times, I can see them fooling with their phone.

Some of these incidents are merely someone who doesn't go when the light turns green. Annoying but not really dangerous. But sometimes it's a person crossing a lane line, or turning into the wrong lane, or looking down as they speed toward me stopped at a red light.

Since I moved to The Cities 28 years ago, I've had 3 cars totalled by inattentive drivers. I've never been hurt, thank goodness, but a couple of them have been. None of them were on their phones. My time is running out though, I'm pretty sure. One of these days I'll get nailed by someone texting, or ordering a pizza, driving at or above the posted limit.

We should make it so when the car is in gear, it emits a very short range interference field that jams cell phone frequencies. If you need to use a phone, have someone in the rear right seat do it, or pull over and put the car in neutral. That's how I do it, and it works just fine.

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swschradJun. 12, 1311:14 AM

"Hi, I'm Clippy. I see you want to make an emergency turn and slam on the brakes. Can I help?"

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gopher_23Jun. 12, 1312:54 PM

Maybe the auto manufacturers should go back to designing cars that we just drive. No backing cameras, no phone access, and no dvd players/tvs. All these things that make driving "easier" actually take away the attentiveness that driving requires. A car, pickup, or SUV can do a lot of damage even at low speeds.

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