Researchers at the University of Utah are developing a device currently named Key2SafeDriving which prevents car owners, especially teenagers, from using their mobile phones while driving.
Key2SafeDriving is basically a fob for the engine key and works with software installed inside the mobile phone. When the engine key is extended, the key fob automatically sends a signal to the mobile phone via RFID technology or Bluetooth. This disables the phone's ability to send text message or make calls. For extra effect, a STOP sign is displayed on the phone's screen. All incoming calls go to voicemail, and an automated message will be sent to the caller to inform them you are driving.
Studies show that using mobile phones while behind the wheel increases the risk of getting into car accidents, whether using hand-held or hands-free phones. With Key2SafeDriving, the possibilities of these kinds of road accidents can be lessened. Though the product is still in the development stages, they are hopeful that it can be made available by next year for $50.
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