Everyone knows that operating a smartphone while driving is dangerous, but not when using voice-activated features, right? Wrong. A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has shown that voice-activated features are also a major source of distracted driving. They released their data using a 5 point scale where anything between a 4 and a 5 was rated as a “major distraction” and anything over a 3 received a “high distraction” rating. Google Now was found to be the least distracting of the major voice activation services, but it still came in at a 3.0 on the scale. Apple’s Siri got a 3.4 and Microsoft’s Cortana got a 3.8. These distractions can last up to 27 seconds as drivers readjust to the task of driving, the study found. It’s too early to tell how this will impact the major voice-activated services, but the evidence suggests that these companies could do a better job of incorporating these features.
Read the full article here: New Study Finds Siri More Distracting Than Google Now While Driving