A Louisiana company recently unveiled new technology that might help cut down on
distracted driving from talking or texting on a mobile phone. DriveID from a company called
Cellcontrol will stop a driver's mobile phone from working while that
person is in the driver's seat. At the same time, DriveID will not
affect other passengers' mobile devices.
Don Jergler for Insurance Journal quotes Cellcontrol's chief technology
officer: "It's very accurate. Basically there's an imaginary
wall that's dividing the vehicle and drivers on the other."
The driver must have his or her mobile device registered with the company
in order for DriveID to work. This reality means that unless some rule
or regulation requires that all drivers register for something like DriveID,
not many ordinary drivers (unless you're a teenager forced by your
parents) will be prevented, unless they volunteer for it, from using their
mobile phones while behind the wheel.
But DriveID might work very well for fleet companies and other firms that
employ drivers. By requiring those drivers to use DriveID, this could
definitely help cut down on distracted driving. The CTO said, "Our
bread and butter is in fleet sales." But don't expect that to
be the end of the story.
Apparently Cellcontrol is working with auto insurers. So perhaps a rule
or regulation won't be necessary after all. It doesn't take much
to see lower insurance premiums in the future for those drivers who agree
to use DriveID - and are therefore prevented from texting while driving
and causing an
DriveID Can Block or Track Driver's Mobile Use