${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}
Free Initial Consultations
In Houston 713-587-9668 Toll Free 800-580-9121 En Español Email Us
Practice Areas

Study Finds Voice-to-Text Apps Do Not Increase Driver Safety

Photo of Chelsie Garza

A new study released by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that using voice-to-text apps to send and receive text messages while driving do not increase driver safety. The study is the first to compare voice-to-text and manual texting on a handheld device on the road.

Researchers had drivers operate a vehicle in a closed course and asked them to use one of two mobile voice-to-text apps, Siri for iPhone and Vlingo for Android. They first asked the drivers to go through the course without any mobile phone use. Participants then drove the course three more times, once using each of the two voice-to-text applications, and once texting manually on a phone.

The goal of the study is not to discourage voice-to-text but to caution and educate drivers about the dangers of texting while driving. The study shows even formulating and dictating a message takes concentration away from the driving task at hand. If a texting driver is watching the road less often, then that driver is less prepared to take action when faced with something like a road hazard or a pedestrian.

The real issue may be that drivers seem to believe they are being more careful when they use the voice-to-text apps even though they appear to offer no real safety advantage over manual texting.

The new study is published in part to raise awareness during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

If you or someone you know have been injured in a car accident as a result of a texting driver, contact the attorneys at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend by calling 713-222-7211 or 1-800-870-9584.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Call For A Free Consultation Today

713-587-9668 Local800-580-9121 Toll Free

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend
800 Commerce Street
Houston Texas 77002

Phone: 713-587-9668

Texas' Best Lawyers
Texas SuperLawyers Texas Monthly Lead Counsel | LC | Rated
Houston's Top Lawyers The American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers
American Board of Trial Advocates Justice By The People Million Dollar Advocate Forum
The Best Lawyers in America

Contact Abraham Watkins

Send us details on your situation for
a free case evaluation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy