The use of smartphone devices while driving is one of the leading causes of accidents today. But it looks like Nissan may have found the solution to prevent people from using their smartphone devices while driving with a center compartment called the Nissan Signal Shield.
According to a report from TechCrunch, the new accessory is an arrest compartment that can double as a Faraday cage, which means any device put inside it won't be receiving any signal once the lid has been shut. The device, though, is still just in the prototype stage.
The report said that regulators, automakers, and makers of mobile device and software have all been trying to figure out how to lessen the growing problem of distracted driving. The addictive features of tablets and smartphone devices become a problem when people are driving, as it causes them to be distracted instead of focusing on the wheel.
The Nissan Signal Shield is one of the automaker's proposed solutions to the problem. CNET reports that Nissan went old school with the solution, relying on an 180-year-old accessory, called the Faraday cage. The cage was designed to block electromagnetic fields, as it uses conductive materials.
It is capable of blocking any form of communication to the smartphone device, whether it's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or just regular phone signals. The prototype is installed in the center console of the Nissan Juke and is a good accessory to prevent distracted driving.
The report said that the phone can still use the infotainment system due to the wired connections inside the console. If a driver is waiting for an important call to come, he or she can just pop open the Signal Shield to restore the full functionality of the smartphone device. Check out the video below to learn more about the Nissan Signal Shield and how it works.