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Distraction levels* when making voice commands while driving, by system

This statistic shows the levels of distraction* caused by different voice command systems when driving. Researchers tested fourteen different voice command systems in this experiment, finding that even the least distracting voice command systems were still approximately as distracting as making a phone call while driving (2.3 distraction points for hands free, 2.5 for hand held phone call).

Levels of distraction* recorded while making voice commands while driving, by system

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Release date

October 2015



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Supplementary notes

* The source measured distraction levels as follows: Mild distraction: 1 point; Moderate distraction: 2 points; High distraction: 3 points; Very high distraction: 4 points; Maximum distraction: 5 points.
** Mobile phone systems.

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