Nissan puts Signal Shield to reduce smartphone distraction at the wheel


As we all know, using a smartphone while driving a car can be quite a dangerous thing. And we all know why we should pay attention to the road, not to the phone, right? A recent study confirmed that even using a hands-free system can be just as distracting for drivers as holding the phone to the ear, not to mention texting while driving. Of course, there are some apps available that claim to reduce the distraction (as for example Samsung’s “In-Traffic Reply”), but their effectiveness is still to be proved in practice. Nissan, however, has another idea – the company bets on a special compartment that blocks mobile phone signals.

The company’s concept solution is called Signal Shield and represents a modified armrest compartment, covered with conductive wire mesh material, which blocks all cellular, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi signals, thus preventing the drivers from being distracted by their smartphones. Basically, it is a modern incarnation of the good old Faraday cage, discovered in the 19th century, and maybe is just as effective, as we can guess after watching the video that Nissan UK has posted recently in Twitter. 

So far, it is an entirely conceptual product that Nissan demonstrates with its Juke cars, but we don’t know yet if the company will offer it in its vehicles soon … or at all. Take a look yourself and, if you wish, share your thoughts about Nissan's “invention”:




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10 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2365; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

People still have to be willing to put their phone in the compartment though. May as well just put your phone on airplane mode for the same result. good of Nissan for innovating something at least.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree I don't text and drive. I do use my phone very little with Bluetooth​. There's​ no way I would set my phone in that. If someone in my family has an emergency I want them to be able to get a hold of me

2. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Seems like a really pointless innovation. Airplane mode will work the same and at least save a lot more battery than having your phone battery drain like crazy while it searches for cellular network.

3. drazwy

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Pretty dumb waste of money.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Even if they place the phone here, what prevents them from removing and using? Nothing. It's pointless. Many distracted drivers I see, aren't even using phones. They are applying making, plucking eye-brows, being overly frisky (o_O), or eating. The best protection is, cars that apply the brake when something is in front of the car, and send the dummy through his windshield. There is only one sure fire way to prevent distracted driving. The motorist dies. Get a BT transmitter so your phone works with your car audio, or buy a car or stereo that works via BT with your phone over car audio. Unless I am in a open road area, or stuck in non-moving traffic I dont use my phone while driving. But some people act like they are married to their phone!

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

You are married to your Note 7. Till death do us part. Lol!

8. mixedfish

Posts: 1556; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Takes one to know one I guess.

6. Kil4thril

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

I bet they offer Bluetooth connectivity in the same vehicle

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but the problem is the driver, not the signal or the smartphone... :-/ but at least they try to do something to counter human stupidity

10. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

If society would wage this kind of war on cancer, sickeness, death, destruction, poverty instead of worrying about the 1 in 3 million that day in crashes. Yeah I said it. Read your history everyone. The out cry in the early days when radios were installed in vehicles mimic this. Half of you are used to your government chaining you down and that's why you're not bothered.

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