I am seeing a real challenge with the reliable sensing of a person's position in the car. What parameters change? And why will the data from a constantly active sensor be more useful than from a sensor that is on for a single millisecond each second? What I see is an interesting development seeking to find a useful application. But to come up with some rational reasons for constant sensing instead of frequent periodic sensing is going to take a bit more creativity, it appears. One simple function that could provide an actual benefit would be to sense the surrounding noise level and adjust both the earpiece volume and the microphone sensitivity accordingly. But that is simple, and would not require any new sensors.
"But I've always believed the problem with talking on the phone has less to do with a hand on the phone and more to do with the attention to the conversation. Drinking coffee while driving surrenders a hand, but I don't think that impairs driving."
Rob, the lesson is if drivers are careful then passengers are secured. But in certain unfortunate situation, accidents can happen due to the carelessness of other vehicles drivers too.
Good point, Mydesign. But I've always believed the problem with talking on the phone has less to do with a hand on the phone and more to do with the attention to the conversation. Drinking coffee while driving surrenders a hand, but I don't think that impairs driving.
It's true, Rob -- it would save lives. No matter how many times you see public service announcements telling people not to use handsets for talking and texting while they drive, they keep doing it. I see people doing it every day on the road.
"The life-saving feature is one in which the handset would know whether it was sitting in the driver's seat or the passenger's seat in a moving car. It could then enable the speaker and, more importantly, disable the texting functionality.'
Richard, thanks for innovation and hope accident cases may come down. Most of the accidents are happening because of the diversion of driver's attention by gadgets.
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