A survey conducted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) has concluded that voice recognition is 'a viable alternative' to in-car navigation and telematics, thus reducing the risks they may pose, according to South African news sources (30/11/00).

Citing the survey, these local reports say that voice recognition is the key to accessing both the Internet and e-mail when at the wheel, while also able to operate CD changers, navigation units (voice-controlled) and cellular phones (hands-free).

It is reported that new car designs are also incorporating remote controls to adjust both audio and video systems via the steering wheel, hence preventing the driver from taking their eyes off the road, said the reports.