Think of it as a temporary mobile prison, but for a good cause. Nissan has revealed details of its new concept that will prevent drivers from being distracted while they cruise around town. This means that driving would be the only thing that they must focus on when behind the wheel of this machine built on high speed metal and combustible gas.
The number of drivers that admitted to checking their phones while behind the wheels has surged from 8% in 2014 to an alarming 31% in 2016, as revealed by Britain's Royal Automobile Club (RAC). The Japanese automaker also showed statistics, stating that one out of 5 drivers (18%) has texted while driving. Stricter penalties are imposed now for using a phone while driving and British drivers are at risk of being caught if they will pick up their device while behind the wheel. Nowadays people are interconnected with their gadgets, and a whole lot of drivers are ignoring safety on the road just to be able to check on their text messages or notifications. That's why Nissan has come up with a life-saving solution addressing this pressing issue. At the very least, it will save the Brits from being charged with steep fines.
The concept, which is called the Nissan Signal Shield, will be able to provide selective connectivity that will give drivers the option of being able to contact and be contacted from the road, or devising a phone-free duration. It roughly translates to a sort of digital detox and will reduce the risks of travel significantly.
The installed system in the vehicle will utilize a technology that's almost 200 years old, in what was called as the Faraday cage. But it has been given a modern twist. The cage, which was invented way back in the 1830s, is a small enclosure made out of conductive metal that blocks electromagnetic fields. Nissan’s concept places this technology in the vehicle's arm rest compartment. The said arm rest will be converted into a Faraday cage. When the mobile device is placed in the compartment and the lid is closed, the system will create a "silent zone". It blocks all the phone's incoming and outgoing cellular activities, Bluetooth and even Wi-Fi Connections. What a clever system.
But if you still want to listen to some music that is found in your handy smart phone, then Nissan has that covered. You can still able to connect to the vehicle's infotainment system with the help of USB or auxiliary ports. And if you want to re-establish the phone's connection, all you have to do is open the armrest and your trusty phone can reconnect back with its mobile network and with the car's Bluetooth system. Sounds nifty, right?