Internet for cars could be 'deadly'
Published 13/01/2010 | 05:00
The internet dashboard, or 'infotainment system', could become a major distraction to drivers, experts warn. Intel and Google are both looking in to interactive dashboards, including 10in screens above the gearstick.
But the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says the results could be 'deadly'. Such screens will show maps in 3D, web pages and even videos.
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: "If drivers were tempted to use the internet or watch videos on the move, the results could be deadly.
"If it's not acceptable to read a novel while driving, how can it be acceptable to read a multimedia display?
"There is a fine line between providing useful extra information and causing a dangerous distraction. This system appears to cross that line."
The systems are not designed to be used on the move, but not all systems will be impossible to use while driving.
One car manufacturer's version, due out this autumn, bears the notice: "Please only use the online services when traffic conditions allow you to do so safely."