INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Do Voice Activated Systems Distract Drivers?

Liz Slocum Jensen · November 9, 2015

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The world is full of compelling technologies available to us on the road. Many of them claim that they help keep our focus on the road. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that hands-free technologies can mentally distract drivers even when their hands are on the wheel and their are eyes on the road. One analysis discovered that cognitive distractions such as voice-activated phone apps and IVI systems can last as long as 27 seconds after completing the task. AAA ranked distractions in 5 categories . Category 1 has minimal distraction, similar to a radio. No system is ranked in Category 1. On the more dangerous part of the spectrum, Category 4 is like updating social media while driving and to Category 5 is like a highly-challenging, scientific test. Check out how the systems ranked:

Check out how the systems ranked

At Road Rules, our goal is to get as close to zero distractions as possible. Our first rule, which automatically replies to texts while driving, doesn’t even require you to take your phone out of your pocket. We’re looking for beta users who see data like this and are ready to change their habits. The next time you see a slick app or system that requires you to interact with it while you are driving, ask yourself, “Does this really make me safer?”

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