The app locks the mobile device once it reaches a speed of five miles per hour in an effort to stop drivers from getting distracted by their mobile device while driving.

However, according to TRL safety experts, although the mobile phone continues to be a distraction to drivers, there is a wide range of others that today’s modern vehicles present to their occupants. For example, using media interfaces such as Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, navigating with a SatNav, or even texting. (Figure 1).

TRL’s Head of Behavioural Science, Neale Kinnear, underlines that the evidence base of distracted driving has failed to keep up with technological developments and calls for research to assess the distracting effects of the latest Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs).

Would you like to find out more? To get a viewpoint from TRL on the increasing distractions drivers have to cope with in modern vehicles, please contact alexis@kredoconsulting.com to organise a call to discuss further.