#1958: ListenList

It’s scarily easy to find yourself driving too fast or losing concentration when a favourite song or an absorbing conversation starts up on the radio.

Today’s invention is a car radio which records an identifier of every programme item which is played and when -whether that be a talk show or a particular track on an album.

It does this in order to gather data about what, if anything, was playing at the reported time when an accident occurred.

The statistics generated from an entire population of drivers would show up any patterns in what specific sounds and types of sounds, at different times of the day and locations, were most likely to have been playing, just pre-RTA.

If you insist on listening to heavy metal at top volume at 3am, you might find a message appearing on your in-car entertainment system alerting you to the increased cost of your insurance for that trip.