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Anti-Texting and Driving Gadgets

Key2SafeDriving Prevents Text Messaging on the Road

— December 16, 2008 — Tech
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.
Trend Themes
1. Texting and Driving Prevention - The development of gadgets like Key2SafeDriving is addressing the need to prevent mobile phone usage while driving and reduce the risk of accidents.
2. RFID and Bluetooth Integration - The integration of RFID technology or Bluetooth with Key2SafeDriving showcases the potential for using wireless connectivity to create safer driving experiences.
3. Automated Call Handling - The automated call handling capabilities of Key2SafeDriving, which divert incoming calls to voicemail and send automated messages to inform callers, offer opportunities for more efficient communication on the road.
Industry Implications
1. Automotive - The automotive industry can explore collaborations with Key2SafeDriving to integrate the device as a standard safety feature in vehicles, promoting responsible phone usage among drivers.
2. Mobile Technology - Mobile technology companies have the opportunity to develop similar anti-texting and driving solutions, leveraging RFID or Bluetooth technology to create innovative products for safer mobile phone use in various contexts.
3. Insurance - Insurance companies can consider partnerships with Key2SafeDriving or develop their own anti-texting and driving solutions to incentivize safe driving behaviors and reduce accident risks for policyholders.
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