It may be impossible to text and drive one day, whether you want to or not.
Two technology companies announced Wednesday that they were partnering up to produce a “software solution” called CellSafety that would prevent people from texting while behind the wheel.
According to a press release, “CellSafety uses proprietary technology to electronically detect when a car is moving at speeds above 10 mph and prohibits the driver's ability to send or read text and email messages or utilize the phone Web browser.
”At the moment, this technology is being designed specifically for government employees, but one can’t help but wonder if this will come standard in all phones one day. There’s no doubt that the country is moving to prevent texting while driving outright, as 30 states have officially passed legislation that bans it. But does that mean we are in favor of being denied even having the option to do it?
As USA Today points out, there are already several smartphone apps, including a CellSafety app, which prevent you from texting or e-mailing from your phone while driving, but these are optional add-ons. But perhaps one day a law might be passed that would require these apps to come pre-installed on all phones.
Ultimately, the goal of this software and the apps is to help make roads safer and also to help enforce the texting ban, which is particularly difficult for law enforcement to police effectively. And who knows, perhaps this technology could also be used to stop people from texting while walking fast, thereby stopping them from crashing into stuff. After all, that too is pretty dangerous.
But if we’re really in the market to prohibit drivers from engaging in dangerous practices behind the wheel, we may also need to come up with technology that bans us from eating, getting dressed and making out, all of which we do with surprising frequency while driving, according to one study.
For the time being, we are curious about whether this new technology will have the ability to distinguish between the passenger and the driver. If not, you could end up with a situation where other passengers in the car, or even passengers on a train or other moving vehicle, could be prohibited from texting because they are technically moving faster than 10 miles per hour.
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