Feeds

In-car Twittering on the rise?

Insurers scan Twitter for evidence of Tweeting drivers

A new approach to endpoint data protection

OnStar recently denied it was designing an in-car gadget for voice-activated Twittering from behind the wheel. But such a gadget could well prove handy, because it’s been discovered that Tweeting on the move is an alarmingly common driver activity.

Insurance firm Esure recently "monitored" - interesting ramifications for privacy, that claims - “driving-related Tweets” on Twitter for seven days and discovered that dozens of motorists each day update their pages while driving.

For example, one driver updated their Twitter page to say: “Driving with my knees and peeling an orange... Probably not the safest thing to be doing."

Other drivers updated their Twitter pages to say: “Driving school bus," “Driving up to Newcastle while we Tweet!” and “Is it wise to use Twitter while driving? Probably not.”

It’s worth reading the Tweets with a pinch of salt, though, because some could have been written by passengers or people pretending to be driving while Twittering.

However, Esure also questioned 1000 UK motorists and discovered that - despite 92 per cent knowing it’s illegal to hold and use a phone while driving, 45 per cent still admitted to texting or making calls while behind the wheel.

Mike Pickard, Head of Risk and Underwriting at Esure, said motorists updating Twitter from behind the wheel are a real cause for concern.

“Constantly updating friends and family on what we're doing is now becoming the norm,” he said. “Our advice to motorists is to remove this temptation altogether by switching off all mobile technology before driving.” ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins
Sauricide WASN'T inevitable, reckon scientists
Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH
Ultralight solar radio tracker in glorious 25,000km almost-space odyssey
Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low
Cheshire cat effect see neutrons and their properties walk different paths
NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark
Yet to surpass ancient Greek one, however
Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO
Radio astronomy suffering to protect Square Kilometre Array
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?