The More You Talk On—Or To—Your Phone, The Worse You Drive

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#auto#Distracted Driving#mobile#texting while driving The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … These results jibe with earlier research at Texas A&M, which also found that speech-to-text programs proved even more distracting than simple texting. This is due in part to drivers spending more time correcting flaws in the transcription. But more fundamentally it comes down to the thought required in communicating. We may be able to walk and chew gum at the same time, but it appears we struggle to communicate and drive at the same time. At least, to people not sitting in the car with us.What To Do?Until Google’s self-driving cars hit the mainstream, we’re going to have to figure out a way to tame our compulsion to text while driving. As with drinking and driving, the easy solution may be to make it a criminal offense to text and drive. Of course, with drunk driving, there’s still a BAC threshold that must be reached. What would be the equivalent in texting and driving? Three?Is there another solution? Peer pressure likely won’t work. Not with half of us sneaking a text in while we drive. Maybe we need more designated drivers, just so everyone else can fiddle with their phones.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Matt Asay Despite significant fines and common sense, we continue to text while driving. Given how much time we spend in our cars—as much as 7% of our lives by some estimates—not to mention our rising dependence on text-based communication, this isn’t surprising. We want to make the most of otherwise dead time. (Though not literally. We hope.)While app developers are flooding the market with speech-to-text products to give drivers a legal alternative to texting, new research suggests that text-to-speech technologies may not help, and could actually make things worse. Which may mean you may have no safe choice but pay attention to the road.A Nation Addicted To Texting … While DrivingI say this as someone prone to sneak in a quick text response while driving. So, no, I’m not judging you. And yes, I really do mean you. According to a study done by AT&T, 49% of adults text while driving, despite 98% of us knowing that it’s unsafe to do so. For 40% of us, it’s more than just an occasional text: it’s a habit.This despite some awesome campaigns that showcase just how bad we are at driving while we text.Why do we do it? Well, we spend anywhere from 100 hours to 600 hours a year in our cars. That’s a long time to spend staring at billboards on 101 or listening to the annual NPR fundraising drive. (Yes, it’s coming.)So we text. Speech-To-Text: Even WorseAndroid comes with built-in speech-to-text capabilities, and I’ve watched a friend use this to “text” back and forth with his wife while driving me up 101 to San Francisco. It’s pretty impressive. It’s also even worse than texting, according to new research from a team at the University of Utah, under sponsorship from the not-for-profit AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. While texting gets the most attention, there are other forms of in-vehicle distractions that keep us from focusing on driving from Point A to Point B. Texting takes our eyes and hands off the road, but even while fully focusing our eyes and hands on the road, the AAA Foundation’s report indicates that cognitive distractions can pose a serious risk to our driving abilities.This is tough to measure, of course, because it’s hard to know what people are (not) thinking while driving. As the report notes, following the lead from aviation psychology, the researchers used an eye tracker in conjunction with an incidental recognition memory paradigm to determine what information in the driving scene participants attended to while operating a vehicle. The researchers also evaluated brain waves, response times when braking and other factors.They tested the following potential distractions: A baseline single-task condition (i.e., no concurrent secondary task);Concurrent listening to a radio;Concurrent listening to a book on tape;Concurrent conversation with a passenger seated next to the participant;Concurrent conversation on a hand-held cell phone;Concurrent conversation on a hands-free cell phone;Concurrent interaction with a speech-to-text interfaced e-mail system; and Concurrent performance with an auditory version of a complex math problem or puzzle.The results? While doing a Google interview brain teaser may be most likely to send you into oncoming traffic, text-to-speech applications aren’t far behind:last_img read more

Better competition key to Kai Sotto’s improvement, says Uichico

first_imgPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netKai Sotto, the prized 7-foot-2 youngster of Ateneo, has already garnered considerable hype by virtue of his height alone.Standing a literal head above his contemporaries in the UAAP, Sotto is already pegged to be at the forefront of the Gilas program.ADVERTISEMENT NU opens UAAP Season 80 bid with rout of UE View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary At 14 years old, he has already started making impact for the national team as part of the Batang Gilas U-16 team and is expected to lead the next generation’s Gilas players.Jong Uichico, one of the coaches of the Gilas program, foresees that Sotto will still improve over time as long as the reed-thin teenager gets exposed to better competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSotto currently plays in the UAAP as part of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets where he towers over his competition.“He should really improve a lot in the next year or two and get a lot of exposure. And it’s hard to find a 14-year-old seven-footer walking around,” said Uichico Thursday at Inquirer’s omniplatform sports talk show SportsIQ. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “He should be exposed to better competition and not just the UAAP where he will face up against what six-footers he won’t have to jump.” E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Nextlast_img read more

a month agoArsenal manager Emery confirms plans for Holding, Bellerin & Tierney

first_imgArsenal manager Emery confirms plans for Holding, Bellerin & Tierneyby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will soon play the club’s U23 side, while also confirming Rob Holding remains close to a return.Many expected Holding to line-up in Thursday’s Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt.Speaking after the 3-0 victory in Germany, Holding said: “Rob Holding is getting closer to us now. Tomorrow, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney will play with the under-23s.”On his make-shift defence, Emery added: “[Mustafi] played his first match this season and Chambers played at right back, David Luiz has now played with Mustafi and Chambers, with more players”I think every player can be important for us and I want to create a big spirit from games where we worked like we did tonight.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days agoSheffield Utd manager Wilder: Beating relegation not enough

first_imgSheffield Utd manager Wilder: Beating relegation not enoughby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder says he will not accept his side simply beating relegation. The Blades have surprised many this season with their courageous attitude, and Wilder says the club are aiming for as a high a finish as possible.Wilder said: “We’ve always raised the bar. We don’t want to just finish fourth from the bottom.”I know the players better than anybody. I know who to push and who not to.”We’re not settling for being ‘okay’. We want to raise the bar and keep pushing individually.”That’s been the theme running through. There’s clarity in that. They know I’m tough with them but they accept it.”We’re in a tough changing room. Some people might need a bit of help at times but we’re tough with the boys too.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Football Baron Browning out for spring with shoulder injury

OSU freshman linebacker Baron Browning addresses the media on National Singing day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex on Feb. 1, 2017. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorOhio State freshman linebacker Baron Browning will miss the remainder of spring practice with a shoulder injury, OSU coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday.Browning re-injured his shoulder he hurt during high school and Meyer said he underwent surgery Tuesday. Jeremy Birmingham of Land of 10 reported that it was a torn labrum.Sources have informed me its a torn labrum for Baron Browning, surgery this morning. Out for spring.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) March 28, 2017Browning, a five-star recruit from Texas, is one of 10 early enrollees for the Buckeyes.Meyer said Browning will be full-speed by June and ready for fall camp. read more

Rep Wentworths bill reducing bureaucracy for marine fuel users signed into law

first_img Categories: News,Wentworth News A new law sponsored by Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare will eliminate a costly administrative burden for marine fuel users in Michigan.Wentworth’s legislation to simplify the process for exempting marine fuel users from Michigan’s motor fuel tax was signed today and becomes Public Act 55 of 2018.“This new law will help protect Michigan jobs connected to marine fuel distribution by reducing bureaucracy and saving time for everyone involved,” Wentworth said. “We want to ensure vessels fuel up here in our state, rather than in a neighboring state or in Canada.”Previous Michigan law called for users of marine fuel to pay the 26.3-cent per gallon motor fuel tax and then apply for reimbursement from the state Treasury. Wentworth’s new law replaces the refund with an upfront exemption, which lowers the initial costs and saves time and paperwork for businesses dealing with marine fuel such as Bunker C or Navy Special.The fuel isn’t used on roadways, so it is not subject to the motor fuel tax.### 06Mar Rep. Wentworth’s bill reducing bureaucracy for marine fuel users signed into lawlast_img read more

BBC World News the UK public broadcasters intern

first_imgBBC World News, the UK public broadcaster’s international news channel, and Swedish broadcaster TV4 have signed a deal agreeing a deal that will allow the new TV4 News channel to broadcast some BBC World News programming each week.TV4 News is scheduled to launch on January 24. Under the deal, it will air BBC News programming including 
flagship current affairs programme HARDtalk.Colin Lawrence, commercial director, BBC World News said, “BBC World News has unique expertise in high quality, international journalism which will serve as a perfect compliment to the TV4 News offering. This agreement mirrors successful arrangements we have with an increasing number of broadcasters around the world and will offer viewers in Sweden the impartial global perspective they crave and the opportunity to engage with BBC World News content via a new platform.”BBC World News is available in more than 200 countries to over 300 million households.last_img read more

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