The title is misleading. The service may be called txtBlocker but this is not a text blocking service... If anything, it's like an answering machine.
(Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
just scrap the idea of a cell phone. insurance companies are already taking aim at you with higher rates if you have a cell phone in your name.
(Posts: 745; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Oh, this is clever. So passengers wouldn't be able to use their phones either. Just like the fancy nav systems that won't let you change destination while the car is moving - again, the passenger can't make a change either.
As for pulling off the road to make a call or something - hubby was trucking back and forth about 4 hours worth of driving between where we were moving to and where I was finishing school, driving to see me on Friday night, and back on Monday morning. One Monday he was quite tired and pulled over for a nap, rather than falling asleep at the wheel. Cop woke him up. So - are you going to get a visit from the local police if you pull over to make a phone call?
(Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
This isn't new, awhile back I saw a similar service for kids / teen drivers. So, passengers wouldn't be able to make calls or text while riding in a car?
I wouldn't use this service myself.
(Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Sep 2010)
You don't see the true genius in this. This accomplishes much of what the restrictive programs that my parents put on the computers when I was a kid. It inspired me to learn about computers and to make them do what I wanted them to. It taught me to learn about the inner workings of programs. So, for a short while, your kid hates the program and can't text while driving (or while as a passenger) and then they learn to hack. Really, it's a win-win.
This probably won't work and probably won't be used unless your state passes a law requiring use of this or your insurance company starts offering discounts to people using this.
Really, what needs to be done is that you're also required to pair your phone with the car so that you use your phone to start the car. Only the person whose phone is bluetooth-paired to the car's ignition would be blocked from cellphone use while driving. Well, you could be given the option to use the car's audio system as a hands-free speakerphone but only texting if the phone supports speech-to-text voice dictation and the car has a heads-up display for use in conjunction with that. An additional option would be to take into account the growing number of smartphones with built-in gyroscopes and accelerometers to make sure the phone is kept level and flat relative to the vehicle. Finally, if the phone's display is disabled by the technology such that the phone could only used through the car's electronics system while driving.
That would be more reliable unless people decide they want two phones in order to circumvent the restriction. Not perfect but it's a step.
Dumb. I don't know why there is so much attention and laws passed on cell phone usage while driving. Cell phones don't cause accidents, the driver's lack of attention to the road is what causes wrecks. They still put radio's, GPS, dvd players in cars. Adjusting those is just as distracting as cell phones. What's next, I'll get a ticket for eating in the car? Talking to a passenger?