Cunning Gizmo To Block Your Phone
This via Tom Vanderbilt’s ‘How We Drive’ blog (think of it as the blog of the book):
Coming soon - a mobile phone blocking key for your car. It’s paired to your phone, and when the key’s in the ignition, it blocks all incoming and outgoing calls & SMS text messages. Anyone calling you get’s an “I’m driving; I’ll call you back” message. Because it’s paired to your phone, it doesn’t affect those of passengers in the car.
There are two weaknesses in the system though. Firstly, it panders to people’s sense of self importance - it allows “emergency” calls to come through, so you can “safely pull over and answer the phone”. I wonder what would constitute an “emergency”? If you’re a member of the lifeboat crew? If you’re a doctor on call? If you’re late for dinner & your wife wants to know where you are? If you’re friend’s just broken up with her boyfriend and wants to tell you what a pig he was?
Secondly, as some US states’ laws treat younger drivers on the phone differently to older ones, it has two modes. If you’re under 18, it blocks all calls - even those for a hands-free device. If you’re over 18, then you’re good to go on hands free. ‘Cos as we all know, driving’s a physical rather than mental exercise, so it’s the holding the phone that causes the distraction, not the act of participating in a remote conversation.
Or is that the other way ’round?
Whatever. Anyway, here’s the promotional video from the Key2SafeDriving’s technology demonstration site:
OK, so I’m sorry for making you watch that. The kids in the car seemed to be auditioning for parts in an early Tarantino film (either that or in some sort of college cabaret parody of an early Tarantino film), while mum & dad are obviously fresh from an eighteen week run on Price Drop TV.
What do you think - should be mandatory gizmo / good optional gizmo / badly flawed implementation / terrible video / or what?
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 12/22/2008
- Total Time: 1:13:00.00
- Calories: 951
- Distance: 18.4 miles
- Average Speed: 15.12 mph