ATLANTA (WAOK) – Hands-free does not mean risk-free driving, according to a new study out today. The Triple-A Foundation for Traffic Safety study found that voice-activated technologies that allow drivers to talk on the phone and text can create dangerous mental distractions. Researchers report that increasing mental workload and other distractions result in slower reaction times, and that drivers scan the road less and miss visual cues. The study says this could lead to drivers being unable to see things, such as stop signs and pedestrians, that are right in front of their vehicles.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 22: A South Korean man uses his PDA phone for wireless internet whilst driving on June 22, 2005 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's Ministry of Information and Communication will try to use "Ubiquitous Digital Life" to turn the country into a "Ubiquitous Society" where computers and the internet are available anytime and everywhere. South Korea has the largest broadband market penetration in the world with more than half of South Korean households equipped with high-speed Internet connections. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)