Of course, using your mobile phone while driving, unless it’s hands-free, is illegal in the UK. But in the future, we might not even have a choice in the matter, as new technology is being considered to make mobiles, well, immobile.
The Department for Transport is reportedly considering technology to automatically block phone signals in moving cars, while Nissan is developing an in-car armrest that will make use of 19th-century technology to block all cellular, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals in moving cars, in the hope of reducing smartphone distraction while driving. The armrest is lined with a Faraday cage – a box made of a conductive material that blocks electromagnetic fields – an invention dating back to the 1830s.
This could be a welcome development from a safety aspect, as RoSPA (the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents) reports that even using a hands-free mobile while driving is a significant distraction and substantially increases the risk of the driver crashing.