Microsoft looking to crack down on using your phone while driving with new patent

Microsoft looking to crack down on using your phone while driving with new patent
Although we all know we aren't supposed to do it, using your phone while driving is something that most people take part in. We're told that it's wrong, and although we know that it is, it can often be incredibly difficult to put the phone away while we're supposed to be focusing on the road. While this is true for people of all ages, it's even more critical to drive home the importance of this when dealing with teen drivers. Thanks to a new patent that's been released from Microsoft, it looks like the company has some sort of future plans to abolish using your phone while driving once and for all.

The patent is officially titled Mobile Device (for) Safe Driving, and it's a service that's geared specifically towards teen drivers. The service would be used on Windows Mobile handsets, and it would essentially keep an eye on the user's driving habits while they're out on the road. The Safe Driving feature would be able to tell when a person is driving, and alert them of speeding and dangerous driving habits if/when they take place. However, perhaps more importantly, it would also send these alerts to the teen's parents to let them know about what their son or daughter is doing while behind the wheel.

Microsoft's Safe Driving service would also breakdown into different levels based off of the driver's experience. For example, a driver who is at the level 1 spot would not have any ability to use their phone at all when on the road. However, someone who is a level 2 driver would be allowed to make hands-free phone calls even when the service detects that they are driving. 

While all of these might be great ideas, it's quite unlikely that we'll ever see these ideas come into fruition anytime soon at all. Microsoft is now making a big push towards that of enterprise users, and with that being the case, we find it highly unlikely that the company would be putting a lot of time and effort into a feature that is geared towards teen users. Even with that being the case though, we still hope that we see this turn into a reality sooner rather than later.



1. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

give us a break, MS. Upgrade existing WM instead, to be at least comparable to android.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

True about the WM upgrade. But comming back to this article's topic: won't it be easy to bypass this patent? Like turning off GPS and Data Connection to avoid the tracking? How about rooting and modding the Windows Phone to bypass it if I do want to text while driving? Just a question, man. I'm not implying that I'm bad citizen.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Given microsoft's habits in Windows 10, I wouldn't put it past them to make the off switch for both of those antennas not actually turn them off...

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2440; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I don't think this is a mandatory application. It looks as though you can toggle when to turn the app on and off (at least that is what the patent pictures are suggesting). Also, I wouldn't worry too much about this as Microsoft isn't selling too many Windows Phones anymore (and I doubt there will be very many teen drivers if any that are using the platform). I think they would need to focus on how to make their platform more accessible to the masses before considering small applications such as this.

9. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Maybe, but often times if the teens can't afford their own phones parents buy phones for them and they may buy them the ones with better safety features. Since it's free they shouldn't have a say in what they are getting. Granted there's lots of patents out there. Not everything gets implemented right away. And ideas should be patented as soon as possible.

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

now who wants windows phone now?..or uses?

5. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

It's fading away slowly.

10. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It will come back when MS comes back into mobile. The scope of what they are working on is insane. Even holographic apis part of windows, everything. Their focus on mobile is going to be 2017. And I only say it will come back because those who have tried windows and actually gave it a chance to get used to it and learn it usually miss it. People on reddit who left to android/ios always do miss it but it's not an option right now. There's something about windows mobile that is just awesome. The start screen in windows 10 mobile is ridiculously amazing. You can make it look like tiles, icons, add pics, everything. It personalizes your phone. And I have all 3 os's. I do love ios app ecosystem the most. And their app quality. But w10m has been gaining more apps oddly enough. It's likely thanks to UWP.

11. holydemon6

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

I also hope they will come back. I am one of those users that switched to Android and switched back. WP may lack some things, but for me it is more productive and feels more stable

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