Automakers have been trying to attract the younger generation into buying their vehicles with dashboard infotainment systems.
The systems allow drivers to turn on various functions in the car such as windshield wipers, post messages on social networking sites, and even order pizza through voice commands.
Automakers have been promoting the system by saying that drivers can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
A new AAA study found that using voice commands to perform smartphone tasks from behind the wheel is actually more distracting and dangerous.
Researchers said that speech-to-text systems require greater concentration by drivers. The required concentration is so great that drivers are likely to develop ‘tunnel vision’ as well as ‘inattention blindness’.
Currently there are about 9 million vehicles on the road with infotainment systems.This is expected to increase to 62 million by 2018.