06 Jul '12, 4pm

Researchers developing a RFID technology that prevents truck drivers from using cell phones while driving:

Driver cellphone blocking technology could save lives Researchers in India are developing a new technology that will prevent truck drivers and other road users from using their cell phones while driving. The technology based on RFIDs could also be integrated with police traffic monitoring. Abdul Shabeer of the Anna University of Technology in Tamilnadu, India, and colleagues point out that globally around 20% of fatal road accidents with trucks and other heavy vehicles involved the drivers of those vehicles using a cell phone in their hand at the time of the accident. "Dialing and holding a phone while steering can be an immediate physical hazard, but the actual conversations also distract a driver's attention," Shabeer and colleagues say. The team adds that when drivers are talking on a cell phone, whether in-hand or hands-free, their braking reactions are slowed and such...

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