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Phone blocked while driving

Posted by Admin on January 12, 2009

The law in the UK is quite strict when it comes to talking on the phone whilst driving – recently increasing the penalty to a £60 fine and 3 points on your licence (see more here). But for many people, that seems to mean that they can still send texts. Well, two new products have come onto the market that parents can use to stop their teens using the phone while driving.

The first is called Textecution and is for the Android platform, costing $10 to download. It uses GPS to assess whether the phone is travelling at more than 10 miles per hour – if it is it stops the user sending a text message, with the phone screen saying: “You are moving too fast to use this application.”

In theory it sounds good, but what about passengers or teens catching the bus? That solution, while clever seems like a sledgehammer to crack a nut to me.

The second solution seems quite neat to me. It’s called Key2SafeDriving and is a device on a key fob. If the car key is out of the device (and therefore assumed to be in the car) it will stop the phone from sending texts or making calls, except emergency ones. While incoming calls and texts are automatically answered with a message that says: “I am driving now. I will call you later when I arrive at the destination safely.”

You can read more about them both on the Guardian.


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