Nissan Wants You to Stop Texting and Driving
Texting and Driving
Nissan have come up with an interesting way to try and stop people texting or otherwise using their phone behind the wheel. This is basically a Faraday cage, which would stop incoming and outgoing messages and calls whilst the phone is inside of it, and also stop Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
It’s called the Signal Shield, but it’s only a test at the moment, installed in the Nissan Juke.
“This is about delivering more control at the wheel, not less. Some drivers are immune to the activity of their smartphone, but for those who struggle to ignore the beeps and pings, this concept provides a simple solution in this very ‘connected’ world we live in.”
Alex Smith, Managing Director of Nissan Motor GB.
With so many people being killed or seriously injured by irresponsible drivers who text, read, make phone calls, or even video calls at the wheel, surely anything that stops people picking up their phones is a good thing.
Should other car companies start using this kind of technology? Can they do more to stop people using their phones?
You don’t have to buy the Signal Shield to benefit from distraction-free driving though. You can switch your phone to airplane mode, buy small apps to block messages for a short time, or even it turn off completely. There’s also the option of ignoring it, and not putting your life and the lives of others in danger over a cat picture or Facebook notification.
The penalties for texting and driving in the UK are now 6 points off your license, and up to a £200 fine. That’s if you don’t hit someone. You are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone, and your reaction times are twice as slower than if you were drunk at the wheel.
It’s best to make the glove compartment the phone compartment.
But what you do you think? Would you buy a Signal Shield? Do you know someone who needs one?
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