RFID Device to Prevent Texting or Calling While Driving

July 11, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The use of mobile phones while driving is one of the most dangerous and widely seen causes of fatal road accidents.

A few young researchers at the Anna University of Technology in Chennai, India, have developed a system which uses the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology and a jammer to prevent drivers from using the phone while driving.

The concept, which is published as a research paper in the International Journal of Enterprise Network Management recently, seeks a helping hand from the technology to force drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

The RFID technology checks if the vehicle is in motion once it finds the driver is using a mobile phone. If the driver is indeed using the phone while the vehicle is in motion, it triggers a low-range mobile jammer to prevent the functioning of the driver’s phone. Since the jammer is a low-range one, it will not prevent the passengers from using their phones.

The SafeTexting App for Android also works in a similar way by blocking any texting inside a moving vehicle. But the app does not care even if you are the driver or the passenger. The new system is more precise, if no bypassing methods are used.

The system also envisions working with law enforcement agencies by transmitting the data stored in the RFID tag of the vehicle’s license plate to a police reader if it detects the driver using the phone while the vehicle is moving.

The paper also suggests that the legal machinery should make it mandatory to install the system in vehicles during manufacturing just like seat belts and air bags.

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