Last week, we discussed how lawmakers drafted a federal law to force the auto industry to develop and implement a backseat passenger warning safety feature to prevent accidental deaths of children who are left in the backseat of vehicles during the summer.
We talked about whether or not we need the government interfering.
Along those same lines I bring you this for your consideration: In the near future, your phone might be smart enough to know whether you are driving a car, or going along for the ride.
Cellepathy is a tech company that has developed anti-distraction software for drivers that would automatically go into “driver mode” and disable key features on the phone like texting, calls, videos and games as soon as a car begins driving.
What’s more, this software can differentiate between who is driving and who is a passenger in the car. This is a key breakthrough in this type of technology. Distinguishing between driver and passenger has always been a hold up in any type of distraction prevention software.
With Cellepathy’s program a passenger can unlock his or her phone by performing verification tasks and use the phone for texting, games, navigation, whatever. Another key factor in develop is that the software uses the smartphones innate technology, so no added equipment to cars or phones.
The best part is that this was done by a private company without encouragement or intervention from the government, and without a law that invites the government into industry. In fact, cell phone makers have opposed government-mandated lockdown systems in phones. As they should. And as private industry should, it has devised a solution on its own.
It is important to note that Cellepathy’s software is designed with corporations in mind. To that end the software records data and allows employers to set parameters for calls and apps use. The purpose is to give companies the ability to monitor their employees and use the system for driver safety, reducing insurance costs, and other types of things that a corporation might need to be aware of while its employees are working like trip times, mileage, etc.
My only concern if the software becomes widely available for use is the privacy of the data for both public users and employees off the clock. What happens to all the data? A trip to the company’s website gives some broad ideas of what types of things are recorded, but there isn’t anything that talks about the privacy of users of this program. Which, if it’s for corporate use I can see why. Though, ironically, when you click the videos to see how the software works, a message saying the video is private comes up.
Nevertheless, despite my concern over privacy, this is a huge development and proof that we don’t necessarily need the government to be involved in the way the nanny state loves it to be.
But what do you think?
Sometimes the jokes and memes write themselves. Case in point:
This low speed chase ground to a halt when the engine seized on a stolen flatbed truck. And why did the engine seize? Because the 29-year-old man who stole it couldn’t figure out how to get it out of first gear.
I have so many questions. Like, who steals a truck that they can’t drive? And why steal a flatbed truck? This poor guy is definitely going to be in the running for week’s dumbest criminal.
Lauren Fix, The Car Coach® is a nationally recognized automotive expert, media guest, journalist, author, keynote speaker and television host. Post your comments on Twitter: @LaurenFix or on her Facebook Page.
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