I have been a customer of Hertz for nearly two decades. The past two years I have rented six Hertz cars and I have noticed a disturbing trend. Namely, that Hertz rental cars now have Bluetooth and, in some cases, powerful WiFi routers just a few feet from the head of the driver.
I am one of the growing number of people around the world who becomes ill when exposed to microwave radiation. The condition is called electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) or Microwave Sickness. This condition currently affects approximately 5% of the population and countries such as Sweden and Norway now consider it a functional disability (like blindness or being in a wheelchair). France has started making disability payments to affected people. This means that accommodations must legally be made for people who suffer from EHS. I have an official diagnosis of this condition from my medical doctor (a letter can be provided upon request).
As you can see from the following videos, Hertz has a safety and liability problem if it is going to expose its customers to a known toxin (microwave radiation) while they operate a motor vehicle. A simple solution to this problem is an On/Off button for all wireless transmitters so that customers can easily choose what they are exposed to.
If my wife and I would have had this option for our recent trip to Italy, our vacation would not have been ruined. As it is, we were sick for over 24 hours after we arrived in Trieste and could not use our car without getting ill while we were at our destination.
The Skoda “SmartGate” WiFi system cannot be disabled. Even as an engineer and after hours of trying, I could not disable the WiFi modem in this car that was just feet from my head. A simple On/Off button that most WiFi routers have would have fixed this.
This recent news report shows a medical doctor and numerous affected people speaking about this growing issue. The Austrian Medical Association is taking this issue seriously and have issued their own EHS treatment guidelines. Perhaps Hertz should follow their lead?
As you can see in the above Skoda video, your customers are being exposed to a World Health Organization labeled Class 2b carcinogen (same as lead) just so that their mileage and car temperature data can be sent to their smart phone. How smart is this?
I share our story and this information so that Hertz can make adjustments that will protect the health and safety of their customers, along with saving Hertz from potential liability in the future. I fully expect that the next time I rent a car from Hertz that I will have the option to not be microwaved while I drive.