Bluetooth Device Blocks Mobile Phones While Driving

The University of Utah has developed a Bluetooth car key that turns off mobile cell phones while driving. The new invention is called Key2SafeDriving and will cost less than $50.

The University of Utah has obtained patents on a new Bluetooth device which will turn off mobile cell phones while driving. The invention, Key2SafeDriving, will be on the market within six months.

Key2SafeDriving will cost $50 plus a monthly service fee which has yet to be determined.

“The key to safe driving is to avoid distraction,” Xuesong Zhou, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah, said in a statement.

Studies show that more auto accidents are caused by people talking or texting on their mobile phones while driving.

“We want to provide a simple, cost-effective solution to improve driving safety,” Zhou said.

Researchers say that about 6 percent of travelers on the road are talking on a mobile cell phone while driving. In addition, 10 percent of teenagers who are driving are talking or texting on mobile phones.

Studies have shown drivers using cell phones are about four times more likely to get in a car accident than other drivers.

“As a parent, you want to improve driving safety for your teenagers,” Zhou says. “You also want to reduce your insurance costs for your teen drivers. Using our system you can prove that teen drivers are not talking while driving, which can significantly reduce the risk of getting into a car accident.”

The plan is to sell the Key2SafeDriving system through wireless providers. Mobile phone carriers could license the service and include it in their current service plans.

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