March 3, 2015|Volume 50, Number 2

Cover story

Say the word: Voice systems can reduce some types of distraction

Using voice commands to make calls and perform other tasks helps drivers keep their eyes on the road, but it doesn't eliminate visual distraction completely.

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January 29, 2015 |Volume 50, Number 1

Saving lives: Improved vehicle designs bring down death rates

Drivers of late-model vehicles are a third less likely to die in crashes than they were a few years ago, but the gap between the best and worst vehicles remains wide.

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December 23, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 11

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November 20, 2014 |Volume 49, Number 10

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