Texting and Driving is surely a recipe for disaster, in fact, its so bad that in the last one year itself it has lead to 1.6 million crashes. The statistics further says that 1 out of 4 accidents in the United States are caused due to texting and driving. Well, the curious case of text driving is not any different elsewhere in the world. In fact, only recently I had caught sight of a man streaming a live cricket match as he was driving in the traffic.
Smartphones are now epicentre to our lifestyle and this only makes it more necessary for us humans to learn the smartphone etiquettes. The Japanese car maker Nissan has taken upon themselves to stop the text driving and the solution to the problem seems to be pretty effective though a bit drastic.
No Nissan has not employed sensors that detect when you are using the phone while driving instead they have fitted the cars with a Faraday cage. Yes, you read it right! Nissan is experimenting by fitting Faraday cage in between the driver and passenger seat, one the smartphone is placed inside the cage you are off-grid. All signals including WiFi and Bluetooth will be blocked. Extreme? Well, when it’s the matter of life and death some measures need to be extreme.
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, MD, Nissan Motor GB.
Personally for me pairing with the Bluetooth is sufficient but the statistics say that different people react differently to pings and notifications. That being said the Faraday cage is just at a conceptual stage and it will take some time for the same to be implemented in mass. Until then dissuade yourself from using phones during driving and have a safe commute.