When Apple introduced its new iPhone 4S earlier this month, tech analysts raved about the phone’s voice-activated personal assistant, nicknamed “Siri.” One thing they loved was how Siri can be used to dictate text messages without typing — or read incoming texts aloud — a convenience that seemed perfect for life behind a steering wheel. “Big news for drivers,” declared The New York Times’ David Pogue. The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg noted that he’d had success using Siri to dictate e-mails and text messages in the car.
There’s just one problem. Texting while driving is illegal in dozens of states. And while some states have written their laws to allow for hands-free use of emerging voice-activated texting technologies, many others haven’t