Cooley On Cars
Top 5: Dashboard distractionsBrian Cooley runs down the five most distracting dashboard technologies in your car's head unit.
[Music] They told us voice technology was going to solve in car distraction. They lied. I'm Brian Cooley with the top five voice oriented dashboard distractions, according to new research by the AAA and University of Utah. We're going to rank these for you by a scale of relative distraction value. And show you how talking to your car keeps your mind on that, and less on driving. Number five, climate or radio commands via voice? I've always found these kind of ridiculous. I mean, radio and climate is pretty darn easy without talking to the car. Command saved. In the time it takes you to simply activate voice commands. You could already change the station or the temp. Number four destination search via voice. Even if it's error free it's real tricky. Getting the voice command gear to understand every command you say, every detail of street. And that happens about once a year that it gets it right. Remains a complex task. Number three emails and text. This should be a no brainer. I'm actually surprised they aren't number one. The range of scores here is because it buries whether you're composing or listening and whether you have a natural or one of those computerized voices coming out of your car. Either way composing is always foreground obviously as can be listening. When the text or email is infuriating. Number two is just sheer Menu Navigation. Let's face it, you can't just talk to your car; it ain't that smart. On most cars you need to give it the exact stilted command it wants to hear from a strict menu of choices. That means you either memorize all those, right, or glance at those on-screen prompts. That sort of like getting around a foreign with nothing but a phrase book and you know how well that goes. Before I get you to our surprising number one dashboard distraction, here's a list of how the same study ranked some of the most in car systems, overall. The number one voice oriented dashboard distraction is, believe it or not, Apple Siri, being used for almost anything. This will surprise some folks, because Siri is a natural conversation tool. But that open endedness, along with the range of tasks it can control. Along with the fact that you might end up drifting off into an inane conversation with her it makes it perhaps a bit too much. [MUSIC] More top five list to [UNKNOWN] the car lover. Go to CNETOnCars.com. Click on top five.