Trying to Hit the Brake on Texting While Driving
People keep texting when they're behind the wheel, so an engineer has found a technological solution. The problem: he can't do it on his own.
You can read the story, and we can debate the idea, but it won't work. Technical hacks like this one will always breed workarounds, some as trivial as teenagers trading cell phones for a day or a ride, some as sophisiticated as companies refusing to participate and using their refusal as a marketing tool.
However, there is an upside: the fact that ideas like this get any traction is proof that the link between texting and accidents is now irrefutable even to end users, and that means that legislators are being goaded to take action.
Bill Horne Moderator