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Have a great night -- Well from the sky to the ground -- new study from triple A is warning the in car technology allowing drivers to text and -- hands free.
Well it's not risk free with more on this Jake Nelson the traffic safety director for triple ARE -- tell us about this study I'm shocked.
Because this hands free technology that all these auto makers are putting -- -- -- I thought this was keep us safe -- you say now.
Well -- that was the intent and certainly.
You know addressing the visual and manual aspects of distracted driving our pre requisite for addressing the distracted driving problem.
The challenge we have now is we're we're not adequately addressing -- of the mental -- cognitive aspects of distracted driving in other words.
Using technologies and engaging in tasks also -- that we all that sort of pull our focus away from the important task of driving.
-- -- -- You see people who used that stuff.
So it's a -- on the dashboard write it and you can talk to somebody on the telephone while you're driving.
You see the people they have their eyes right on the road what's the problem.
-- well that's what's so interesting about this new research is we have.
Sort of studied this issue in a way that has never been studied before looking at fifty years of research done in the aviation industry to sort of look at the -- -- ever mental distraction.
Involved in pilots flying airplanes and the Apache helicopter and sort -- that research into the cockpit of a passenger vehicle what we learned.
Was -- using voice commands to navigate systems in these in these technologies and also to sort of send and receive emails.
Was more cognitively distracting then even talking on a hands free cell phone.
Wow wow wow wow OK so let me show our viewers here the number that vehicles cars that are gonna have the systems -- hands free systems now it's nine million.
It's going to be 62.
Million in 2008.
And don't you think the auto makers are what using this as a way to sell cars.
I mean absolutely.
Do you think these systems need to be banned.
Well we're not really interested and looking at federal regulation at this point we are squarely focused on working with industry to try to find.
Sort mutual solution to this really important and growing problems so we have shared the results of our research with industry.
In advance of releasing it publicly it's you know in hopes of brokering relationship with the moving forward I'm right -- and -- the laboratory and work with us.
-- season looser getting Washington involved is always a nightmare.
And Jack I just have to ask you this question he did extensive research on that's where these people could drivers to begin -- did you pick -- a much people who can't chewing gum and walk and -- Tell it tell me you you -- I had participate in this.
The folks who participated in our study there were over a hundred of them they had.
An average of seven years of driving experience under their belts which is important because they are familiar with the important task of driving it is a complicated thing -- you know.
So to use teenagers or to use you know older people who are.
Are starting to struggle with issues of cognitive decline wouldn't have been sort of ideal candidates for the study so -- -- of the everyday driver people like you and I.
Who've been doing this soleil and who reported using cell phones while driving on a regular basis.
Wow well interesting finding surprises the heck out of me Jake thanks for coming on.
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