Nissan has utilised Victorian technology inward a bid to halt drivers from existence distracted past times their mobile phones at the wheel.
Despite tough novel police pull crackdowns, 1 inward 5 admits illegally texting patch driving.
Now boffins bring created a paradigm compartment within the armrest of a Nissan Juke lined alongside a Faraday cage – an conception dating dorsum to the 1830s.
Once a mobile device is placed inward the compartment too the lid closed, the Nissan Signal Shield creates a ‘silent zone’, blocking all the phone’s incoming too outgoing cellular, Bluetooth too Wi-Fi connections.
The concept is designed to give drivers a selection almost whether to eliminate the distractions caused past times the millions of text messages, social media notifications too app alerts that are ‘pushed’ to smartphones each day.
Alex Smith, Managing Director, Nissan Motor GB Ltd, said: “Nissan produces to a greater extent than or less of the safest cars on the route today but nosotros are ever looking at novel ways to amend the wellbeing of our customers.
“Mobile telephone piece of employment at the bicycle is a growing trouble organisation across the automotive industry, too indeed society, peculiarly alongside the high release of ‘pushed’ communications, such every bit texts, social media notifications too app alerts that tempt drivers to accomplish for their devices.
“The Nissan Signal Shield concept presents 1 possible solution for giving drivers the selection to take all smartphone distractions patch driving. This is almost delivering to a greater extent than command at the wheel, non less.
“Some drivers are immune to the activity of their smartphone, but for those who fighting to ignore the beeps too pings, this concept provides a uncomplicated solution inward this real ‘connected’ basis nosotros alive in.”
All Nissan crossovers are available alongside Bluetooth connectivity to permit drivers to brand too have hands-free telephone calls when it is condom to make so.
NissanConnect, or Apple CarPlay on the all-new Nissan Micra, enable farther integration alongside a phone’s apps.
The Nissan Signal Shield concept provides optional connectivity, giving drivers the selection betwixt existence able to contact too live on contacted from the road, or creating a ‘phone-free’ infinite too time.
It agency a digital detox too a drive that’s gratis of incoming distractions.
If drivers desire to nous to music or podcasts stored on their smartphone, they tin yet connect to the car’s amusement organisation via the USB or auxiliary ports.
The device volition keep wired connectivity fifty-fifty when inward the Nissan Signal Shield compartment.
To restore the phone’s wireless connections, drivers simply demand to opened upwardly the armrest to break the compartment – which tin live on done without taking eyes off the route or touching the telephone itself – too the telephone tin reconnect alongside the mobile network too the car’s Bluetooth system.
The innovation plant on the regulation of the Faraday cage, an enclosure made of a conductive material, such every bit wire mesh, which blocks electromagnetic fields. It is named later the pioneering English linguistic communication scientist Michael Faraday, who invented it inward the 1830s.
When an electronic device, similar a smartphone, is placed inside, whatever incoming electromagnetic signals – such every bit cellular or Bluetooth information – are distributed across the cage’s external conducting cloth too and hence prevented from reaching the device.
RAC route security spokesman Pete Williams said: “Our inquiry shows that handheld telephone piece of employment past times drivers has reached epidemic proportions.
“As mobile telephone technology has advanced significantly many people bring popular off addicted to them.
“However, the piece of employment of a handheld telephone when driving represents both a physical too mental distraction too it has been illegal since 2003.
“The Nissan Signal Shield is a adept trial of a technology that tin assist drivers live on telephone smart. For those who can’t avoid the temptation, this uncomplicated but pretty clever tech gives them a valuable mobile-free zone.
“We are squall for all drivers to brand a personal commitment non to piece of employment a handheld telephone at the bicycle past times visiting www.bephonesmart.uk too sharing their hope alongside their friends too family.”
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