Nissan can be using old school technology to try to stop distracted driving.
On Monday, the company announced Signal Shield, an armrest outfitted as a Faraday Cage. Created in 1838, Faraday Cages block electric fields. If your phone can be inside one, the idea can’t connect to cellular signals, data, WiFi or Bluetooth.
Nissan’s Signal Shield prototype fits between the two front seats of the Nissan Juke as well as can be designed to keep your phone silent while you drive. With the lid closed, your phone won’t receive texts, calls or notifications of which might distract you. although when you open the idea, your phone will work like normal.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, eight people are killed as well as over 1,000 are injured each day inside U.S. in accidents involving distracted drivers. as well as mobile devices are a major distraction in vehicles.
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Experts have also said mobile phones are partly to blame for the rise in pedestrian fatalities — in 2016, 6,000 pedestrians were killed.
Nissan ( told CNNTech its concept can be better than just turning off your phone, because you can still listen to music through a plugged in USB or auxiliary connection while your phone can be inside compartment. (Though you’d be able to do of which on airplane mode, too.) )
Further, drivers can make phone calls via Bluetooth without touching their phones if they just open the compartment, Dominic Vizor, a spokesman for Nissan, said.
While the Faraday Cage armrest can be still a prototype, the idea’s already possible to get the tech in your car. Faraday Bags are frequently used by privacy-conscious people to prevent hackers by accessing their devices. They’re easy to buy online as well as you can take them anywhere.
sy88pgw (San Francisco) First published May 3, 2017: 1:29 PM ET