Hands-Free Texting Still Dangerous By SEO Admin on April 29, 2013

USA Today-Larry Copeland-April 23, 2013-According to the article there is new research suggesting it is still unsafe to use a voice-to-text mobile app while driving rather than text manually. The study from Texas Transportation Institute, says this is the first research done on driving safety advantages in using voice-to-text apps.

The study involved 43 licensed drivers in a 2009 Ford Explorer. They each drove four times for about 10 minutes at 30 mph: while not texting at all, while texting manually, while texting with the voice-to-text app on the iPhone, and while doing so with the Android smartphone voice-to-text app.

The study found that driver response times were slower no matter which method of texting was used. Drivers took about twice as long to react as when they weren't texting and spent less time looking at the road no matter what texting method they used, the study says. Researchers found that driver performance was roughly the same with both methods, although manual texting actually required slightly less time than using voice-to-text. Each driver completed five text messaging tasks: send one, read and reply to three, and simply read one. The texts were from a short script:

Wireless providers and mobile app developers created voice-to-text apps to reduce the effects of manual texting. Drivers in the study reported feeling safer when using a voice-to-text app than when texting manually.

In 2011, 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 injured in distracted-driving crashes, according to the Transportation Department. In 2010, 18% of all injury crashes involved a distracted driver.

The new report notes that text messaging has grown exponentially over the past decade, from an average of 31 million sent per day in 2002, to 6.1 billion per day in 2012, citing data from CTIA - The Wireless Association.

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