I keep coming across news reports of tourists involved in road accidents. In some parts of the country I’ve seen useful arrows marked on the roads, reminding drivers to move to the left — many of our visitors come from countries where they drive on the right.
New Zealand offers plenty of distractions for drivers: beautiful countryside, long stretches of empty road, sheep and cows, native bush.
So I’m sceptical when I read of a new gadget, offering new distractions — not only audio, but visual too:
The lightweight i-Box unit plugs into a car’s cigarette lighter. It tunes to a nominated FM frequency and uses Global Positioning System (GPS).
As the tourists drive into different areas they will hear stories unique to those areas, while related images will flash up on the i-Box screen.
The images in the Banks Peninsula version are accompanied by audio including sound bites, music and poetry by artists from the area. …
Mr Anderson said he was confident the images on the i-Box would prove even less of a distraction to drivers than the standard GPS unit.