Apple Watch could pose road safety risk: IAM

12.00 | 17 September 2014 |

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is warning drivers about the potential risks associated with using the new Apple Watch and other smart watches while driving.

The Apple Watch will allow users to make and receive calls and check messages by operating the device on their wrists.

However, the IAM warns that this could be a “major cause for distraction” which could “significantly impair” driving performance.

According to the motoring charity, “as opposed to using a legal hands-free piece of equipment the (Apple) Watch will require drivers to use two hands to operate the device – impacting speed, lane position and time spent looking at the road”.

Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “An (Apple) Watch has the potential to be just as distracting as any other smartphone device. Indeed more so if you have to take your hand off the wheel and your eyes off the road to interact with it.

“Enforcement will be difficult for the police, but powers exist to seize and interrogate devices in the event of a serious crash. The very device that distracted you also has the power to convict you.”


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