Technology Blocks Drivers From Texting

Posted on December 5, 2011

According to news sources, researchers working on a method to block drivers from texting while driving have been able to utilize a vehicles existing Bluetooth and audio technology to prevent the smart phones from allowing texting while the driver is behind the wheel.

Current technology is limited to tracking the GPS signal to determine if the user is in a moving vehicle, which has its drawbacks since it blocks phones from texting even in instances when the user is on public transportation. However, the new research developed at Stevens Institute of Technology and Rutgers allows signals to transmit from the phone to the vehicles Bluetooth system, while also utilizing the vehicles audio technology to pin point the location of the cell phone in use relative to the center of the vehicle. This allows passengers to use their phones uninterrupted while preventing drivers from texting.

The researchers presented data that showed a 95 percent accuracy in figuring out the exact position of the cell phone, thereby successfully preventing only drivers from texting while in a moving vehicle.

As a personal injury lawyer Los Angeles, I know that distracted driving accidents are on the rise. I hope that by providing this information, motorists are able to stay safe on our roads. If you’ve were injured in an accident that you think was the result of the distracted driving, contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney to learn about the legal options open to you.

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