Brake and RoSPA issue in-car wi-fi warning
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According to cable.co.uk, both Brake and RoSPA are urging the Government to carefully monitor technology as they believe it could compromise safety.
James McLoughlin, spokesperson for Brake, told cable.co.uk: “Last year, somebody was killed or seriously injured on average every three days by a driver distracted by their mobile phone.
“Driving is one of the most complicated and risky tasks many of us do on a regular basis, and it requires our full concentration to drive safely.
“At a time when people are still needlessly killed and injured because of selfish multi-tasking drivers, the Government would need to think seriously about how in-car wifi technology could be regulated to ensure it doesn’t create further distractions for drivers.”
Nick Lloyd, RoSPA’s road safety manager, added: “RoSPA is concerned that technology in cars must be carefully used to improve road safety rather than as an aid to comfort or quicker communication.
“Research by TRL has shown that using a hands-free mobile phone is a driver distraction which affects a driver’s reaction time and observation skills.
“Technological advancement needs to be carefully monitored so that safety is not compromised.”
An EE spokesperson responded: “In-car WiFi is designed for use by passengers and should only be used in ways that comply with road safety law.”