Over the past several years, much of the American public has become familiar with Siri. If you are not familiar with Siri, you may be interested to learn that “she” is not a person but is rather a voice designed to respond to Apple smart phone users’ vocalized prompts. When a smart phone user wants to obtain directions, to learn the answer to a trivia question or wants to know where the nearest coffee shop is, he or she simply asks Siri and Siri responds.
One might initially think that this kind of voice activated response program is the answer to distracted driving. After all, if a motorist is speaking questions into a phone and receiving a vocalized response, that motorist has no need to take his or her eyes off the road. However, a recent study suggests that voice activation programs are basically just as distracting as texting while driving.