A recent report by insurer Aviva discovered a clear love of technology to enhance life behind the wheel.
Almost three quarters of the 2100 drivers questioned say they use some form of tech device as part of their driving experience. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most popular tool is the sat-nav system, used by more than half of drivers questioned.
|In-car tech device||% of drivers who use this device|
|Rear parking sensors||36%|
|Hands-free phone kit||32%|
|Front parking sensors||18%|
Younger drivers are more likely to have at least one tech device for their vehicle: 80% of drivers aged 17-24 use car-related tech tools, compared to 67% of drivers aged 55 and over.
Of those who don’t use in-car tech devices, the majority feel confident in their driving abilities without additional devices and the rest are put off by the cost.
However, there is also a suggestion that more and more people could be relying on their phones to double-up as motoring-related gadgets, such as a sat-nav system, rather than using a specific device.
Aviva says: “Innovation is having a huge impact on all aspects of our lives, and driving is no exception. Technology is helping to make journeys safer, more comfortable and more enjoyable. In some cases, devices such as telematics are helping to make motoring cheaper, map-reading a thing of the past for many car users, and dash cams are helping drivers feel safer”.
“It comes as no surprise that the vast majority of drivers – some 74% – use in-car gadgets or apps as part of their driving experience and we can only expect this to grow in the future
“However, while smartphone driving apps can support safer driving, other phone habits such as messaging and checking social media can be a dangerous distraction, potentially with devastating results. It’s vital that motorists think about when and how they use their devices and make sure that they only do so when it’s safe and legal.”