News by Ricky Cadden on Friday December 12, 2008.
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Researchers at the University of Utah have developed a car key that will help prevent teenagers from using their cell phone while driving. The new key, when used in the car, signals the cell phone to enter 'driving mode.' In driving mode, a stop sign is displayed on the phone, to help the driver remember not to use the phone.
Cell phones have been under fire for the past few years, as more and more people are using them while driving. Many states have hands-free laws, requiring drivers to use hands-free headsets. Unfortunately, most of these laws do not prevent sending or receiving text messages, which are just as distracting as a phone call.
The University of Utah has licensed this new 'Key2SafeDriving' technology to a private company, and hopes to see it commercially available within the next 6 months. [via Textually]
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