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Hands-free devices no less distracting to drivers, according to study

November 22, 2012 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD

The problem of distracted driving has garnered national attention. In an effort to combat the problem of drivers using hand-held cell phones and other personal electronics, auto manufacturers have begun to include more hands-free devices in their vehicles so that drivers can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road while still accomplishing the same tasks. However, a study released by the American Automobile Association and the University of Utah in June 2013 demonstrated that hands-free devices are no less distracting for drivers than hand-held electronics and cell phones. Hands-free devices in vehicles More vehicles are coming equipped with so-called infotainment systems. Drivers can make phone calls, search the internet, read and respond to email, update social media sites, stream music and use navigation systems with voice-activated commands. According to a report produced by Visiongain, a London-based media company, the automobile infotainment technology market w

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