There already is an app to circumvent this system. In fact, there are many. This line is the key "...the system consists of a software app, which loads onto a smartphone..." - find your favorite app killer and you're good to text. And it won't take teens long to get onto William K's idea of aluminum foil either.
Any system that requires the slightest bit of cooperation will NEVER work when human beings are involved. They are determined, resourceful, have friends with many talents, and are able to rationalize in their minds just about any behavior that suits them.
Teko, you are certainly correct in saying that the fundamental concept is overlooking personal responsibilities. But the truth is that ignoring personal responsibilities has been a liberal mindset since at least the mid-sixties, and most folks have become used to it and no longer seem to be offended that some refuse to accept responsibility for their actions. Probably technology will never be able to provide a solution for that problem.
And this wonderful invention would probably be rendered inoperative with just a piece of aluminum foil pressed over it as an elecrostatic shield. If it can't detect a phone it certainly can't prevent anything. A multi-hundred dollar device tharted by three cents worth of foil. HAH!
JW, a governor holding a car to the posted speed is one screaminly socialistic concept, believing that those whom I never voted for are much smarter than me. AND you know that in no time at all the special interest business people would be forcing cars to slow down much slower as they pass their stores. We have already had this happen by means of enforcement in a nearby community,Clawson, Mi, Now it has been relieved a bit, but it is still a city to avoid if one is driving.
On top of that it has been shown that drivers deliberately speeding were far more attentive than average drivers holding the limit.
BUt you may get your wish if autonomous vehicles become a reality on public roads. It will be easy to spot, just look for the slow moving traffic.
The responsibilities of driving are constantly overlooked and the government keeps adding mandates to the vehicles rather than enforcing the current laws, and that goes for law enforcement too. Just once I'd like to see a cop in traffic that wasn't talking on his cell phone.
And it should prevent us from left-lane driving, tailgating, driving while intoxicated and driving slower than the vehicles around us. Then there is changing lanes without looking/signaling. Driving in somone's blind-spot, etc. Stop signs on roads and streets need to go. From my experience, 70% of drivers these days don't know what to do at a stop sign.
Most accidents seem to be the result of intoxicated, tired and distracted driving as well as deer and unfavorable road conditions. Accidents due to driving up to 15 mph over the posted speed limit on the highway are in the minority, I believe.
I need one with a builtin tazer for those long road trips with the family. If my wife starts asking me philisophical questions as I'm trying to plow through rushhour traffic while teaching my kids new and interesting expletives, it would be great if the device would giver her a good zap. Maybe it could have a nag sensor, too.
I already have a device that block distractions for the driver, allows emergency use and allows passangers to use their phones. It also works with any device not just smart phones. It also works in any car I drive, and even while walking down the street. I carry it with me where ever I go.
Its sits on top of my shoulders, its called a brain.
I see a potential problem with this system. What about emergencies? Suppose the driver has had an accident and needs to call for help. Maybe the driver is trapped in the vehicle and can't move to another location within the vehicle. Even if the driver pulls over to make a phone call, wouldn't the call also be blocked? I don't think that this device has been well thought out.
Sometimes you have to use the phone while you're driving, like getting directions to a specific location. That's happened to me. The GPS receiver doesn't know everything. In the case of asking directions, I was not driving very fast. The GPS had gotten me to the general area, but I had to be talked around construction that the GPS didn't know about.
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