Nissan's 'Signal Shield' to stop drivers from using mobiles while driving

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Nissan's 'Signal Shield' to stop drivers from using mobiles while driving

"The Nissan Signal Shield concept presents one possible solution for giving drivers the choice to remove all smartphone distractions while driving", said Nissan Motor GB managing director Alex Smith.

The Nissan Signal Shield concept is a compartment within the armrest of a Nissan Juke that is lined with a Faraday Cage.

It may seem a little excessive, but the company says it's a simple solution for a risky problem, and aims to reduce collisions caused by driver distraction. Since it's a signal blocker, once the handset is placed inside this block, no cellular, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi signals will be able to go through.

As a result, the phone will not receive text messages, phone calls or social media updates, leaving the driver with very few reasons to touch it. Once you open the lid, the cellular or other wireless connections are automatically re-established and the phone could be connected to the car's Bluetooth system.

Research conducted by the RAC found that the number of motorists that admitted to using mobile phones while driving increased from eight per cent in 2014 to 31 per cent in 2016.

Nissan says its own research concluded that one in five United Kingdom drivers are sending text messages while driving and that this feature should be considered as a road safety initiative.

"However, the use of a handheld phone when driving represents both a physical and mental distraction and it has been illegal since 2003". The Nissan Signal Shield is essentially a Faraday cage, which Michael Faraday invented in 1836.

If you're wondering if you can still connect to your music fear not!

Playing back content should be no problem, as the Nissan Signal Shield gives the option for the driver to playback music from a USB port or auxiliary.

The Nissan Signal Shield is just in the prototype stages at the moment, meaning there's no guarantee that it'll ever actually be a feature you can purchase in the future.

Mobile phone use behind the wheel is a growing problem.

Besides the safety angle, Nissan says the Signal Shield can also give drivers a "digital detox" while underway - providing the flawless excuse for some phone-free time. This is about delivering more control at the wheel, not less. Simply drop your phone in before you start driving, and drive completely un-distracted - by your phone at any rate.

The use of smartphone devices while driving is one of the leading causes of accidents today.

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