Growth in the use of high-tech dashboard gadgets could prove to be a danger on the roads, a firm of Birmingham fleet hire specialists has warned.
Ryland Unity Vehicle Solutions says the trend will lead to accidents.
The warning follows the surge in sales of satellite navigation systems over Christmas, as well as the use of personal digital assistants (PDAs), speed trap radar and mobile phones.
Stephen Dilley, managing director, said: "Many drivers are using gadgets to help make their journeys easier and more enjoyable. However, these gizmos are just as likely to cause frustration and create a distraction.
"At particular risk are business drivers who spend their entire day in the car. Often their vehicles become a mobile office, fully fitted with a satellite navigation system, PDA, iPod, speed trap radar and a mobile.
"All of which are lined up on the dashboard and being used while on the road.
"The car is no longer just a means of getting from A to B - it has become an extension of the home or office.
"Companies could be leaving themselves open to lawsuits, should an accident occur through driver distraction."
Mr Dilley said that since the 2003 ban on using hand held mobile phones, companies have cracked down on this, but the next generation of in-car gadgets seemed to have been overlooked.