Scientists Create Phone Jamming Device for Driving Teens
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Dec 12, 2008, 11:06 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Researchers at the University of Utah have created a new system that is meant to prevent teenagers from using their cell phones while driving. The system works by providing each driver of a car with their own key device. When the key is extended from the device, it sends a signal to the teenage driver's phone, putting the phone in "driving mode" so it cannot be used to talk or send texts. The phone displays a stop sign while in driving mode. The product, called Key2SafeDriving, has been patented by the engineers, who hope to license the technology to handset makers and network operators. The device will cost about $50, and should be available by mid-2009.
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I watched the video on youtube
If you are rich enough to give your teenage kid a phone, and a car. You should be smart enough to talk to them. Talk to them about the use of the phone and the car. You can't rely on technology to raise your kids, TV, Internet, Cell phone. Grow up and be a parent and raise your own damn kid. Would that be too hard? Maybe if you were involved in your kids life you wouldn't need GPS tracking. Spoons did not make Rosie O'Donnell fat, this product is not a substitute for a parent. I hate this stupid thing, I hate the 3itch in it.
that dumb scientist must think kids are dumb!
if the kid pullout the battery from jammer, can it still jam cellphone? haha
pros and cons
the driver slams into a ravine or another car and the driver's car is totaled and the key is broke? (not likely, but a likely scenerio)
so much for the initial reason for having a phone for calling in case of an emergency.
I doubt many people would put this on their own phones unless they are required.
Time for Jail!
if you can't trust your kid enough and have to get this device to prohibit them from talking/texting in the car, maybe you shouldn't let them drive at all. tell the kids not to talk/text and if they respect you eno
If you're going to put...
this is so stupid!!
then dont give them a cellphone!
give them a pager!
what the point of having a cellphone if u cant use it? just use the payphone since it' much cheaper too!
maybe I'm just stupid...
if the teen driver has a copy of the key...
and if the parents have a key for it but remove it, the phone won't be able to work?
is that just not being able to work in the car only? and if so, how will the phone detect that the automobile is in motion or even on.
meaning the wouldn't be able to use their device until they get back home? and the key is inserted?