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Wireless Invention Jams Teen Drivers' Cell Calls
12/13/2008

Alphadogg writes "University of Utah researchers have invented computers that could come to be embraced by teenagers with the same enthusiasm they have for curfews and ID checks. And like those things, it could save their lives. Key2SafeDriving automation uses RFID or Bluetooth wireless telephone capabilities to issue signals from car keys to cell phones to prevent drivers from talking on their phones or texting while driving. A company called Accendo LC of Kaysville, Utah has licensed the computers and is working to build it into economic devices that could be on the market next year. The company is sorting out how to bring the scientific knowledge to market, but one outside chance* is that it would be made feasible through cell phone service companies and could also be tied in with warranty companies, which might offer discounts for users."

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