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Please Don’t Play “Jeopardy” While Driving

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Thanks to Drivetime, a vehicle app developer, you can now play Jeopardy while you cruise around town. While it takes some smarts to win at the famous trivia game, distracted driving is anything but an intelligent choice.

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Everyone knows you shouldn’t drink and drive, and there’s a growing awareness about the dangers of texting while driving. Lawmakers have also argued that eating, tending to pets, and adjusting your radio can also constitute distracted driving. Should Drivetime’s game bypass scrutiny due to its hands-free voice commands?

With voice commands fully integrated into the game, Drivetime promises that its behind-the-wheel Jeopardy game is safe. Just like its television equivalent, you’ll have to answer trivia questions and wager points on the Final Jeopardy question.

What the experts are saying

While hands-free voice commands are helpful for entering navigation information or adjusting your vehicle’s infotainment settings, is it really safe to play games while driving?

“It is quite obvious that such a game will distract drivers when traffic is dense, even when hands-free,” remarked Willem B. Verwey, a professor of Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Other experts are chiming in, noting that driving fatalities have increased by 40 percent since smartphones became popular in 2008.

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Despite this, professor Paul Atchley, at the University of South Florida is open to the idea of Drivetime’s game. “If Drivetime was designed well, it could be fine. You have to find the engagement sweet spot that keeps someone’s brain going without being so engaging that it takes resources away from paying attention to the road,” he explained.

Drivetime welcomes the scrutiny of researchers. “We know we are on the right side of the safety argument,” said Drivetime CEO, Niko Vuori.