‘MythBusters’ tests the myth of hands-free driving at Stanford’s automotive facility

Is talking on a hands-free device more or less dangerous than talking while holding a cell phone? ADAM SAVAGE and JAMIE HYNEMAN, hosts of the Discovery Channel show MythBusters, put the question to the test during a visit to Stanford’s Automotive Innovation Facility. They enlisted volunteers and the facility’s state-of-the-art technology to simulate driving on “streets” with lots of potential hazards, including bicyclists. The verdict? Talking on a hands-free cell phone device while driving is not statistically safer than holding a phone to your ear while driving.