“Someday, cars may drive themselves,” Joseph B. White reports for The Wall Street Journal. “But first car makers must convince consumers their automobiles can handle simpler tasks on their own—like changing the radio station or making a phone call.”

“A technology originally seen as making driving safer is now under scrutiny for the troubles it is causing. Voice-activated command systems and their software often are badly outdated or unreliable, leading to a tide of customer complaints and research questioning how safe they really are,” White reports. “A recent study conducted by the University of Utah found some voice command systems could be four times more distracting than simply driving.”

“Auto makers are looking to bypass their multiyear product cycles by making it easier for drivers to use the speech command systems already on their phones,” White reports. “Hyundai Motor Co., for example, plans to offer Apple Inc.’s CarPlay system on its 2015 Sonata sedan, allowing drivers to interact with familiar apps and features, such as Siri’s voice command system… ‘CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free intuitively use your vehicle’s native controls so you don’t need to pick-up and look at your phone while driving. These experiences are tailored so you only have access to iPhone apps that are optimized for the car and make sense for an in-vehicle experience,’ Apple says.”

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