A leading tech company has come up with a possible solution to the problem of drivers still not putting down their phones while at the wheel. 1 in 8 drivers still admit to using their mobile phone while driving.
The new device will be locked to prevent texting or other uses of the phone, which would hopefully increase general road safety. A news report from the Telegraph gives more details:
“The patent describes how a device could determine if it was moving by looking at data from GPS, phone towers or even images from the camera. Visual clues would enable the device to calculate if its owner was driving the car or merely a passenger, imposing limits in the former case but not the latter.
Algorithms would look for a steering wheel in close proximity to the camera, or search for the number of faces - only one visible person would indicate that the user must be the one driving. It could also differentiate between the interior of a car and a train carriage or seat on a bus, where safety features would be unnecessary.
The application even suggests that the accelerometer could be used to detect when an unscrupulous driver was tilting the phone so as to not reveal the steering wheel and evade the safety feature. Sensing the speed of travel would also prevent the limits from kicking-in if the user was just walking.”
This could be a major selling point for smart-phones in the future; a new feature that keeps its owner safe on the roads.