With the noticeable uptick of injury/deaths from major traffic accidents locally in recent weeks, the current edition of Western Journey magazine of the Washington AAA has this important story:
“Hands-free isn’t risk-free“
by Rob Bhatt, Western Journey magazine, Washington AAA
“AAA Urges Manufacturers to Focus on Accuracy and Usability to Reduce Cognitive Distraction”
“With three out of four drivers believing that hands-free technology is safe to use, Americans may be surprised to learn that these popular new vehicle features may actually increase mental distraction, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This research can serve as guidance to manufacturers who increasingly market hands-free systems as safety features. The good news for consumers is that it is possible to design hands-free technologies that are less cognitively distracting, according to the research, ” published on CommunityCommon.com.