Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY? Motorists Want Manufacturers to Install New In-Car Technology. by David Williams

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY? Motorists Want Manufacturers to Install New In-Car Technology. by David Williams

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Byline: David Williams

OULD you like more safety systems on your next car or are they complicated enough as they are? It's an interesting question, given that the number of people being killed or seriously injured in road accidents is on the rise again, for the first time since 2003.

Some experts believe that the best way to improve road safety is through more public education, encouraging us to take more care. Others believe that car manufacturers should be doing more, even though the safety levels built into cars and roads have improved exponentially in recent years.

A new report shows that motorists do indeed want car manufacturers to install new in-car technology to boost safety in all models.

The study, commissioned by car finance specialist Car Loan 4U, shows that almost 40 per cent of motorists want in-car detectors fitted that reveal the driver's blood alcohol levels, while more than a third want to see cameras installed in all new cars to provide recorded evidence of accidents.

Presumably the motorists who voted for idea this wouldn't be so keen if it revealed that they were simultaneously using a mobile phone.

One in three motorists wants to see sat-nav screens placed higher up in cars, so drivers don't have to glance down at them, and one in four motorists would like to see more voice-activated controls.

Personally, I worry when I see how some drivers fit their stick-on sat-navs too high, right in the line of vision, on the windscreen. When it comes to mobile phones, one in 10 motorists say they have difficulty in hooking up their phone to their car for hands-free use.

Worryingly, one in five motorists admits that in-car technology stops them paying full attention to driving and that gadgets such as touch screens, entertainment systems and sat-navs are too complicated to use efficiently in many vehicles, and I agree.

"The accident statistics are worrying when you consider that the trend for the last 17 years has been downwards, and during this period we have also seen major improvements in vehicle safety," says Car f Loan 4U co-director Ryan Dignan. …

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