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Safety is an important aspect of any car manufacturer, which is why all major automotive companies look for different ways to improve the overall distracted-drivingquality and safety of a vehicle, ranging from the installation of airbags to better impact protection on the interior of the car and improved vehicle handling. However, car manufacturers are only able to do so much when it comes to protecting drivers inside the vehicle. The driver must take responsibility towards their overall safety, which is why so many countries and regions around the world are looking at banning making phone calls and texting while on the road. Car companies have even integrated services inside the vehicle to allow users to sync their mobile devices to the vehicle in order to make and receive phone calls and texts. The downside to this though is even hands-free texting and driving, according to United States based AAA, finds voice activated technology that allows users to drive and text on the phone still allow for mental distractions, making it potentially dangerous for a driver to drive.

Comprehensive Study

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, in a comprehensive study regarding the usage of the technology, found any kind of mental workload increase eventually caused distractions to increase, resulting in slower reaction times and drivers looking at the road less, forcing them to miss important visual clues towards possible danger ahead. The study also found communicating through the vehicle sync systems also caused some testers to completely miss obvious information directly in front of them, including brake lights, stop signs and pedestrians. A similar study found that using a voice to text application with the mobile phone is actually just as dangerous as texting manually with the phone.

In order to perform the test, AAA measured brain waves, how the eyes moved (among other tests) while having the over 150 drivers perform a variety of tasks while in the car. These tasks including turning on and adjusting an audio book, talking on a telephone and responding to voice activated emails.

Technology

Currently most new vehicles are now coming at least with the option of using a voice controlled and sync system for a user’s telephone. As of right now, about nine million vehicles in the United States alone use this particular form of technology and it is expected to jump to about 62 million by 2018. With so many different vehicles adding the technology, the recent study most likely is not going to prove any sort of detriment towards preventing the feature from actually going into the new vehicles. Instead, it might just bring up additional studies and testing, both from outside sources and from technology and auto manufacturers in order to see what the best way of implementing the technology is.

Automation

There are always going to be distractions on the road while driving. Until the day automated robots are able to safely guide vehicles in and out of traffic without the human eye and mind interfering, distractions will remain a name of the game while driving. For now, it is just necessary to reduce the potential distractions as much as possible and to learn from previous mistakes. Where talking on mobile phones and texting proved incredibly dangerous, technology firms and auto manufacturers looked for ways to improved the safety and directly implemented sync features. Now, it is proving the hands-free services are still causing more distractions than not talking on the phone at all. While conversation does stimulate the brain and cause less attention to be focused on the road, these new results are likely to spur on more technological development and growth.

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