Study says Siri isnt safe for drivers

Apple Siri logoA study by AAA ranks Siri as a category 4 level of mental distraction, which means youre very likely to have an accident if you use the assistant while driving.

The group used instrumented test vehicles and heart-rate monitors, among other things, to measure the drivers reaction times and assess the likelihood of them making a mistake behind the wheel.

The test was done to understand how the drivers attention span is affected by Siris various particularities, including the robotic, synthesized voice.

While operating the assistant did show a disturbance in the force, so to speak, the research also indicated that the quality of the synthetic speech was not a major contributor to the effect.

The press release further states that participants were not allowed to look at or touch the iPhone during the examination, as the experimenter performed all manual interaction with Siri. This was done to prove that any resulted impairments were cognitive in nature.

Participants were also asked to wear a lapel microphone so that they wouldnt have to shout.

As it stands, Siri is not 100% safe to be used while driving, according to the research done by AAA. The group found that Siri is a category 4 level of mental distraction.

By comparison, listening to the radio was rated as a category 1 distraction, talking on the phone or hands-free equipment was a category 2 distraction, and using an error-free speech-to-text system to listen to and compose emails or texts was a category 3 distraction, according to the report.

Bob Darbelnet, chief executive officer of AAA said, We already know that drivers can miss stop signs, pedestrians and other cars while using voice technologies because their minds are not fully focused on the road ahead. We now understand that current shortcomings in these products, intended as safety features, may unintentionally cause greater levels of cognitive distraction.

Technologies used in the car that rely on voice communications may have unintended consequences that adversely affect road safety, added Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The level of distraction and the impact on safety can vary tremendously based on the task or the system the driver is using.

While the study may well be accurate (and theres no reason to believe it isnt), lets not forget Apples efforts to making Siri safer for driving. CarPlay-equipped vehicles are far better designed to tackle these problems. But since the product has barely made it to market, well just have to wait and see what impact it has in real life scenarios.

Source: Softpedia

Tags: Apple, automobiles, Siri

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Sales of new models way below those of 2017 generation
The new Windows 10 browser will run on the Chromium engine
Google will shut the service down in April of 2019 instead of August as initially planned
The regular S10 will sport a 6.1-inch panel with the same front-facing camera design
The smartphone has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixel) Infinity-O display
Google Play Services will deprecate the aging OS in newer releases
Apple might be looking to trial the feature on the iPad before iPhone
Toshiba, which released the worlds first 14TB nearline 3.5-inch and 26.1mm-height HDDs with 9-disk
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (11)