Does Voice-Based Technology Really Improve Driving Concentration?

The premise underlying certain common traffic laws is that multi-tasking behind the wheel–tuning a radio or placing phone calls while driving, for example–is safe so long as it is “hands-free.” A new study of drivers interacting with automotive voice-controlled information systems shoots that premise in the heart. Not only is there a significant cognitive load–and...
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New Studies On Multitasking: What’s Your Risk From Brain Overload?

New studies of the nature and challenges of multitasking have important implications about the safety of police driving, both on patrol and in high-speed pursuits, according to Dr. Bill Lewinski, executive director of the Force Science Institute. One research team, at the University of Utah, revisited the often-studied subject of cell phone use while driving—and...
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