A new study finds hands-free Siri interaction results in highest levels of distraction while driving
Before CarPlay was announced, and even before it becomes a standard utility in some cars coming off the assembly line, using our smartphones in cars usually meant we had to directly interact with them in some way or another. According to a new report, Siri’s hands-free solution is still quite distracting while you’re driving.
While Siri was the first digital personal assistant to really make a big impact on the mobile market, it’s been competitors that have really gone overboard in making sure their own alternatives are certainly worth considering. One of those is Windows Phone’s Cortana, and Nokia has published a pair of new ads highlighting the feature.
One of the coolest iOS 8 features is the Google Now-like “Hey Siri” feature, that allows you to activate Siri without having to press the Home button, which can be very useful while driving.
With almost all of the attention on the highly-anticipated iPhone 6 and so-called “iWatch” that are expected to be announced tomorrow, perhaps a more quiet development is that Apple has reportedly been expanding its secretive research office in the Boston area devoted to improving Siri voice recognition.
Microsoft has released a new commercial called “Mirror Mirror” that provides a side-by-side comparison of the Cortana personal voice assistant and HTC One M8 for Windows with Siri and the iPhone 5s, demonstrating a number of different hardware and software features that aren’t possible with Apple’s offerings.