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Study warns hands-free not safe behind the wheel

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More technology in our cars is making us less safe behind the wheel. That's according to one study.

The AAA Foundation says voice activated, built-in car features, distract us from driving. The groups research studied several drivers and found even when drivers are using hands-free devices, their ability to pay attention suffers. It adds hand-held cell phones are equally as distracting as hands-free cell phones.

"Even though these technologies allow you to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, there's still a significant risk of mental distraction," said AAA spokesperson Nick Jarmusz. "They had tunnel vision, they weren't scanning as much as they should have been."

AAA says up to 80 percent of new cars on the market come with voice activated technology. It hopes the study will help automakers and lawmakers figure out how to make driving with technology safer.

 

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