Our cars are becoming a hub of new interactive technologies, giving drivers access to a wide range of information and entertainment options, and drivers are increasingly unwilling to disengage from their mobile devices in the car. Speech technologies hold the promise of providing a safer interface by enabling eyes-free, hands-free interactions for drivers. However, the usability and safety of automotive speech technologies are still very much in question. Join us for a discussion of the unique user interface and technical challenges for interactive speech systems used in vehicles. We will sort through the competing claims and explain what we really know about designing safe and usable automotive speech systems.