The devices will go on display at the
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.
However, motoring organisations have
warned the so-called “infotainment” systems will distract drivers
and increase the risk of accidents.
Duncan Vernon, from the road safety team
at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, acknowledged
that sat-nav systems could help motorists, but warned that too much
gadgetry was dangerous.
“All drivers have to navigate when they
are behind the wheel, and technology such as sat-navs can help
drivers do this when used appropriately,” the Scotsman quoted Vernon
“But there is a serious potential for
distraction, and related crashes, resulting from visual display
entertainment systems unrelated to and unnecessary for driving. Most
of us would be shocked if we saw a driver reading an encyclopaedia
or texting behind the wheel, and rightly so. When behind the wheel,
a driver’s primary task is to drive,” Vernon added.
Edmund King, AA president, said: “We must
accept that technology is evolving and will not go away. But in
general terms we think that the internet should be reserved for the
cyber-highway rather than cause distractions for drivers on the real
Neil Greig, director of policy and
research for the Institute of Advanced Motoring, said: “The impact
of these devices on driving standards has not been sufficiently
examined. Therefore it must be a basic requirement that the new
interactive technology only works when cars are stationary.”