Using mobile voice control while driving is as dangerous as actually typing an SMS. This has been shown in a study at the Texas A&M University. “In both cases, drivers needed around twice as long to react compared to typing in an SMS by hand”, study head Christine Yager writes. Eye contact with the road is reduced whatever form of SMS composition the driver chooses.
The survey was conducted with 43 participants, all of whom were required to drive a predefined route three times: firstly without writing a text; secondly while typing it; and thirdly via voice control. In the third case, the compilation of the text in fact took the most time, as errors had to be subsequently corrected.
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