Car manufacturers are building ‘high-tech distractions’ into vehicles and have made them ‘so comfortable they are being turned into living rooms’, according to the IAM.
Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, says efforts to reduce distractions for drivers are being undone by the “relentless pace of technology and eagerness of car makers to pack more gadgets onto dashboards”.
The IAM suggests the UK should adopt guidelines suggested by the US Department of Transportation which say drivers should be restricted from using some non-essential technology while the vehicle is in motion, and advise car makers not to introduce technology which takes the driver’s attention off the road for longer than two seconds.
Sarah Sillars said: “While car makers work constantly to incorporate active and passive safety features into vehicles, making us safer than ever before, they are also guilty of making us too comfortable and making us feel more cosseted – like we were in our own living rooms.
“Technology could be a great way of helping to cut the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. It would be a tragedy if technology became a reason why more, rather than less, people lose their lives.”