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RIM patent stops texting while driving while forcing it at the same time

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RIM patent stops texting while driving while forcing it at the same time
Texting while driving has become a major black mark on the entire mobile device industry. No matter how many warnings a manufacturer puts on the protective plastic covering over the display, the message is not getting through. Even putting brochures inside the box doesn't seem to make a difference. Television ads and billboards try to shock drivers into putting away their handset while behind the wheel. All of these attempts have not worked because they all rely on the driver to do the right thing. The only way to stop drivers from texting is to take the decision out of their hands.

To override the block, the driver will have to type the answer to a CAPTCHA challenge, presumably while driving

To override the block, the driver will have to type the answer to a CAPTCHA challenge, presumably while driving

To that end, a group in India has been working on a way to block a driver's phone from sending or receiving radio signals. As we told you, a low powered radio jammer would be able to block the driver of a vehicle from receiving and sending out messages while allowing others in the car to do as they wish. Back in 2009, RIM seemed to have another solution. It was three years ago when the Canadian manufacturer of BlackBerry devices filed a patent application that has just recently been granted by the USPTO for a technology that prevents the user of a device from writing a message, as long as the phone is moving at a certain rate of speed.

While this certainly sounds like a great idea, in typical 'RIMsian' fashion, there is a major drawback to the whole thing. The problem with this idea is that to override the lockout, the driver needs to answer a CAPTCHA challenge which means having to type out a word while presumably driving a vehicle, thus forcing the device's user into doing the very thing that the patent is designed to prevent. It's a Catch 22 situation and probably explains why we haven't seen this on any BlackBerry model.

source: USPTO via Engadget

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posted on 11 Jul 2012, 14:11 2

1. Birds (Posts: 1003; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


If people want to be stupid and text and drive, and risk other people's lives; I used to think why stop them until I got into a car accident recently with my dumb ass cousin driving and texting....IDK if RIM's execution if this will be well recieved but more cellphone companies need to do more stuff like this...

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 16:48 1

7. ibap (Posts: 701; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Once on a business trip I refused to get in a car that someone who had been drinking was going to drive.

Get some guts.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 17:03 1

9. Birds (Posts: 1003; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


What part of I got into a car accident because my cousin was texting and drving did you not get. The car is totaled...I got like two broken ribs dude....Not to mention my cousin is still in ICU...He got it really bad....Wasn't wearing a seat belt either... People like you need to shut up when you don't know details...

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 08:22

11. troutsy (Posts: 279; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


ibap is the new hybrid type of troll that combines condescension and wet-blanketing to the extreme!

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 14:38 1

2. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


My guess would be that RIM never put this into effect because how does the phone know who the driver is? Seems like it would affect passenger's phones as well. And NOBODY would like that. How does the phone know that it is being used by the DRIVER?? That's what I want to know.

And Alan, it's "Rate" of speed.............not "Rage" of speed.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 14:47

3. Birds (Posts: 1003; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I'm guessing from the captcha...enter the captcha if you are not driving lol

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 15:22

5. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


I guess you may be right. But then the entire concept is based on an illogical premise (which may be why we never saw it in effect as Alan pointed out). That is, anyone who knows it's dangerous to text while driving isn't going to do it anyway. But for someone who wants to text and drive even though he knows it's dangerous will enter the code into the Captcha and continue to text and drive. Entering a code isn't any harder than texting while driving. The concept was just based on faulty logic.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 15:44

6. Birds (Posts: 1003; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


The only effective way I see it possible is if they use a NFC chip in the steering wheel of a car and when the cellphone gets in contact with the NFC chip and the GPS is realizing that you are in motion then it will shut down text messaging...but then wait nevermind, I see flaws in my hypothesis. ROFL

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 15:17 1

4. Sparhawk (Posts: 75; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


It WOULD affect the passengers' phones, but that is the point of the CAPTCHA: to allow passengers that can focus on their phones the ability to override it. I would assume the CAPTCHA was intended to make it too difficult to do it while driving, but some idiot will certainly try it.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 16:50 1

8. ibap (Posts: 701; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Make it legal for cops to pull over people texting when there is no other reason to pull them over, and then cite them for any other violations as well (seat belts, missing plate lights, etc.). The municipalities will love it (revenue) and it might convince even some of the complete idiots to stop.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 17:35

10. xtroid2k (Posts: 388; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


This reminds me of the seatbelt commercials click it or ticket

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