Texting and driving is affecting everyone on the roads today and is
responsible for 23% of automobile collisions. Our team hopes
that the solution we have created will change the negative
statistics related to texting and driving.
In America alone, 82% of the population over the age of 16 owns a
cell phone. This can put into perspective of how many people
on the roads, experienced driver or not, creating distraction
from controlling a vehicle.
In the United States, 39 states and D.C., have laws in effect to
prohibit texting and driving while operating a vehicle.
Anti-texting awareness has been put into affect and all around
the globe people have been downloading apps that disable a
phone while driving, driving monitors and even a simple pledge
to avoid texting while driving.
Our teams job was to generate a solution in order to
prevent the problem of global texting and driving. Rather
than changing the phone or adjusting its software we
decided to adjust software within a car. This will only
pertain to newer models of cars however we predict that
within a decade this problem will solve itself. The new
software within the car will disable all social media
applications while in the car and while the car is moving.
A mother and her son are in a car and stopped at a red light.
Across the intersection a young teenage boy waits in his car to turn
left in front of the mother and son’s car.
The mother reaches for her phone after receiving a text and all
focus goes to the device. The son continues talking to his mother
even though she isn't listening, and he adds to the chaos by turning
up the radio and flipping through channels. The stoplight for the turn
lane next to their car turns green and the mother begins to press her
foot on accelerator.
Meanwhile the teenage boy who has begun turning is T-boned
by the mother driving her car while texting.
This scenario presents a real-world
representation of how texting and driving can
be a hazard. We hear about basic accidents of
this type in the news all the time, but many
have been more serious causing deadly
TEXTING & DRIVING VS. DRINKING & DRIVING
Our solution is not in the phone itself but the car you
would be driving. All new cars will have a system within them
that will connect to cellphones in the car and disable different
applications on the phone. Text
messaging, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and many more social
media applications will be unable to open. However emergency
calling is still enabled but by disabling all social applications
many fatalities and accidents caused by texting and driving will
The software within the car will work somewhat like a
Bluetooth that connects to your phone and can be set by the
owner of the vehicle to disable applications. Not only will the
phone be disabled in this way but can also be found using GPS
by an individual at home.