Despite laws against it, despite PSAs and documentaries that show the dangers, despite all common sense, there are still tons of people out there engaging in dangerous activities such as texting or web surfing with their phones while driving.
If you can’t exercise any self-control to end this behavior or want to help someone else stop (such as your teen), Scoche has a solution: cellCONTROL.
This device connects to the OBD2 port in your car (all models made from 1996 have one) and communicates via Bluetooth with BlackBerries and Android 2.1+, Windows Mobile 5/6 and Symbian phones.
When the device senses that the vehicle is in motion is disables texting, emailing, web surfing, and handheld calling. Users will still be able to make calls with hands-free devices and listen to music, but nothing that’s highly distracting.
cellCONTROL users can upgrade to advanced administrator utilities that provide data about driving speed, mileage, and get more control over what the phone can and can’t do.
Given the above and that admins can get alerts if someone tries to remove or tamper with the device, it looks like Scosche is aiming this at parents trying to monitor and protect their teens. Though I’m sure it will also be useful for anyone who has issues with self control.
Though available for many phones, the big gap I see here is the iPhone. As Kevin C. Tofel at GigaOM points out, this is probably because Apple doesn’t generally approve apps that require such deep access to and control over the phone. I agree with him that Apple should make an exception in this case or work with Scosche to bring cellCONTROL to the iPhone. Tech-distracted driving is a serious problem that costs lives.
You can buy this accessory for $129 at Scosche.com.