UK allows watching TV while driving

Written by Olivier Duquesne Yum

The UK has made a great decision: you will soon be able to watch TV while driving. There are of course limitations, particularly with regard to the level of self-driving.

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Watching a movie, an episode of your favorite series or a live football match while driving on the highway: this is possible for passengers. But soon some UK drivers will be able to do so. The UK authorities decided to change the motorway code this summer to allow video content to be played on the car’s infotainment system when it is in level 3 of autonomous mode. This means that the car regulates speed, steers and brakes itself on the main roads. In this case, the driver’s intervention is required only in special situations, which allows him to take his eyes off the road.


Besides the fact that the car must be equipped with Level 3 autonomous driving – which is already the case for some top models – the display should also be able to turn itself off when needed. The car must not only warn the driver with the usual sound and light signals that he must take over driving again, but also must interrupt the display so that the driver can respond “quickly” and correctly. Of course annoying if you miss the finale of your series or the goal of your favorite team….

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and with us?

There is currently no such legislative amendment within the European Union. Of course, European rules will also evolve, but sooner or later they will become much stricter. For example, it is likely that only self-driving up to 60 km / h will be allowed, and various systems will be integrated into the road network. Thus, it will be possible to watch a movie while riding long distances on the highway only in cases of traffic jams.

No smart phone

Smartphone use behind the wheel will continue to be banned in the UK, even when watching a movie on a digital platform. The British lawmaker believes that a smartphone requires more attention than a movie on a car’s center screen. In addition, the smartphone cannot warn the driver about the danger and the fact that he must control the car. However, you can question this decision to allow movies to be shown on the car’s integrated screen, given the political discourse in which road safety is central.

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