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New Technology Can Detect Mobile Phones Usage While Driving

In a little county of Norfolk, in East Anglia in England, a new technology has been developed that can detect when a driver is using a mobile cell phone while driving. The technology detects when a phone is in use within the vehicle and triggers a flash warning sign.

This new technology in the form of road signs than can detect when a mobile phone is being used in a moving vehicle are being installed in Norfolk, in a bid to tackle usage behind the wheel.

The system, which can tell the difference between active phone calls and other activities based on the strength of a signal and how long it lasts, flashes up a red warning signal to drivers when it detects a call.

Holding a phone or making a call while driving was outlawed in many countries. In a recent survey done in the UK, 23% of people admitted to taking a call while driving.

“This scheme is a good example of how we can work with local authorities to make using a mobile phone whilst driving as socially unacceptable as drink or drug-driving”, Inspector Jonathan Chapman from Norfolk Roads Policing said.

“Any scheme which prevents this kind of behaviour is welcomed. Using a mobile phone at the wheel is one of the fatal four road offences which can have devastating consequences if it causes a fatal or serious collision.” He added.

The system is able to simultaneously detect bluetooth signals so that anyone legally in a call via their car’s speakers is not wrongly issued a warning.

Although the signs are unable to log offending number plates, such a feature is being considered for development in the future. There is also no facility for the signs to record footage.

For now, a counter will keep track of phone usage on the road to help authorities understand driver habits.

What do you guys think?

Culled from www.jerseyeveningpost.com

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4 comments on “New Technology Can Detect Mobile Phones Usage While Driving

  1. Princewill says:

    It’s good, I wish we can get this over here

  2. Ibrahim Ridwan says:

    probably till the 2050s.
    A very nice something tho

  3. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, I AM WOWED! I KNOW PEOPLE WILL BE WORKING TO MAKE THIS MAINSTREAM ESPECIALLY THE KOREANS, THE CHINESE AND AMERICANS. LET’S SEE WHAT COMES OUT OF THIS, BUT I’M SURE THERE’S AN ADAPTIVE AND ADOPTABLE FUTURE 🔮 IN THIS.
    IF THIS TECH IS BROUGHT DOWN HERE IT SILL6BE OVERWHELMED BECAUSE OF OVER FUNCTIONING…

  4. Nice feat. When is this technology coming to Africa or Nigeria

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