Distracted driving killed almost 3,500 in the United States in 2015. We know it’s dangerous, and yet for many of us the urge to look at our phones when we’re behind the wheel is too great. To that end, Nissan is adding Faraday cages to its cars.
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Called a Signal Shield, the cage is based on the room coated with metal foil by Michael Faraday in 1836. Faraday was able to prove that no electrical charge had entered the room, and the Faraday cage has only been improved upon and made smaller since (your microwave oven includes a version). You can even build your own.
The Signal Shield uses conductive material to block all forms of electromagnetism. That includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, phone calls. Pub owners in England have installed them and done the same thing. The video above shows it embedded within the console of the Nissan Juke, making your phone out-of-service, out-of-sight, and hopefully out-of-mind. “Some drivers are immune to the activity of their smartphone,” says Alex Smith, managing director of Nissan Motor GB. “But for those who struggle to ignore the beeps and pings, this concept provides a simple solution in this very “connected” world we live in.”
Nissan isn’t the only one worried about distracted driving, although this is a particularly clever means of turning a phone off. There’s the proposed “textalyzer” in New York, which could hypothetically turn your phone into a black box after a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed a very effective ad campaign highlighting the casual nature of texts with the permanent nature of death.
There’s no word on when the feature will be added to cars, as its just been shown as a prototype to U.K. customers. But nearly 200 years of science has shown that the idea is solid.