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Researchers: Hands-free infotainment isn't the solution to distracted driving

from The Huffington Post

Automakers are touting voice-activated infotainment systems as a responsible, safety-conscious response to the demands of the modern consumer: In a time of near-ubiquitous connectivity, drivers want access to their phones, their music, their emails and their apps on the go, and hands-free technologies should eliminate the need to look away from the road. Yet safety advocates accuse the automakers of misrepresenting safety concerns when peddling new products. Far from making driving safer, they say, these infotainment systems simply enable car makers to pack their models with high-priced devices that still create cognitive distractions for drivers — with potentially fatal consequences. more

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