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Scosche cellCONTROL makes your car safer by disabling distracting phone activities

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There’s no question that a good proportion of road accidents nowadays are caused because the driver is distracted by their mobile phone. Both texting and/or making a phone call with one hand can really take your attention away from the road, and in fact according to a BBC report in 2002, researchers found that talking on a mobile phone can actually be more dangerous than drink-driving.

These kinds of statistics mean that a product like the Scosche cellCONTROL box, while sounding pretty draconian, could save lives if it stopped youngsters and new drivers from the temptations of talking or texting while driving. The product works by plugging into the OBD-II interface on all modern cars (usually under the steering wheel area) and once installed it uses a Bluetooth connection to disable texting, calls, email and other phone distractions while the car is moving.

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If the system detects a hands-free unit it switches off and allows normal phone functions, and the music library on your phone remains active in all circumstances, so you can still listen to your favourite sounds. Priced at $129.95 and the system is compatible with over 1200 handsets and Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile operating systems.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • John F. Bramfeld

    I am continually amazed at peope who equate driving while talking into a phone with driving while texting. The activities are not remotely similar.

    And there IS a question whether or not driving while talking next to a piece of plastic causes a "good proportion" of traffic accidents. If that were true, I suspect the downward trend in injuries per mile in the U.S. would not have continued, as it has, despite the dramatic upswing in cell phone use.

  • John, I don't think the activity is the issue, I think it is the level of distraction. If you read the Royal Society report I link to, you'll see that there are differences in distraction levels between a whole set of different activities in the car, including re-tuning the radio and other stuff.

    The problem lies in the fact that response times are *significantly* slower when the driver is distracted, and I know from personal experience that if I'm driving and engaged on a particularly emotive call for whatever reason, my judgement is impaired vs having my full attention on the road.

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