Modern technology has presented people with a dangerous issue on the roads, but the new Nissan Signal Juke concept hopes to repurpose an invention that's nearly 200 years old to solve the problem.
Distracted driving spurred by smartphone use is a serious issue, with thousands and thousands of accidents occurring around the world each year as a result of texting and talking while on the road. The Nissan Signal Shield concept builds a Faraday cage into the column between the driver and passenger seats, blocking phone signals while inside and keeping drivers from temptation.
Other potential solutions to distracted driving, such as hands-free usability, have proven ineffective. While keeping hands on the wheel would seem to work well, the very act of interacting with a phone is distracting in and of itself. Faraday cages block incoming cell signals completely. This makes phones placed inside the Nissan Signal Shield will be incapable of functioning, ultimately creating a safer drive.
The Nissan Signal Shield Will Make it Impossible to Text and Drive
1. Faraday Cage Technology - Repurposing Faraday cage technology for cars presents the opportunity for a new method of preventing distracted driving through blocking cell signals.
2. In-car Technology - More manufacturers may aim to create technology that curbs distracted driving, presenting new possibilities for in-car features.
3. Smartphone Addiction - The Nissan Signal Shield concept highlights the growing concern of smartphone addiction and the potential for technology to intervene.
1. Automotive Manufacturing - Manufacturers could explore the development and integration of more technology to curb distracted driving and increase safety measures in cars.
2. Telecommunications - Ushering in a new wave of Faraday cages for vehicles presents an opportunity for telecommunications companies to work with automakers in creating safer cars.
3. Consumer Electronics - As the danger of smartphone addiction on the roads continues to be highlighted, consumer electronics companies may explore more options to prevent distracted driving.