Mobile phone use while driving continues to remain a concern for the automotive industry. One in five drivers admits to texting while at the wheel, despite the police crackdowns on such behaviour in recent years. It seems that there are still a small number of us who can’t resist checking our notifications. Now the Nissan Signal Shield can remove that temptation.
This is not a completely new concept. It dates back to Victorian times when Michael Faraday invented a cage constructed of a conductive material in the 1830s to create a ‘silent zone’, blocking electromagnetic fields. When placed inside the cage, signals such as Bluetooth data cannot reach the electronic device. Instead they are distributed across the cage’s external material.
Nissan created a prototype compartment within the armrest of the Nissan Juke lined with a Faraday cage, the idea being that drivers can choose to eliminate the distractions their smartphone’s push notifications cause. The driver would be completely in control and decide to have a temporary digital detox while driving or not. The smartphone could still connect to USB or auxiliary ports to listen to music or podcasts. The phone would maintain connectivity to the car itself even when inside the Signal Shield compartment.
Here at OxGadgets we think this is a good idea in principle. This would only become a negative thing if it killed all signals. Then it could interfere with Sat Navs and more importantly, it’s unfair to the passengers. We would love to hear your thoughts on this invention and whether you would use it in the comments section below.