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Cell Phone Jammer Stuffed Into Car Keys, No Texting/Calling While Driving

As things stand, technology is eating into the fun of being a teenager, and Ford's MyKey and this device can ensure you're actually safe while driving. Seriously, the poorly named Key2SafeDriving is a great idea (at least in the eyes of parents), as it incorporates a cell phone jammer (sort of) into a key fob to block calls on the highway. Essentially, as soon as the "key" portion is popped out, the signal jammer activates, connecting to the phone via Bluetooth or RFID and forcing it into "driving mode." No jamming actually occurs; it's more like manually controlling the ringer. Anyone who calls/texts you while you're safely driving will receive an automated response informing them of the situation, though we're told a hands-free device is available. The University of Utah researchers hope to bring it to market through a private company within six months, "at a cost of less than $50 per key, plus a yet-to-be-determined monthly service fee."

TxTStopper Announces In-Car Cell Phone Signal Jammer

Texting while driving is a very dangerous blood sport. Knowing that still won't change the behavior of a disrespectful teenager. So, parents, why not take matters into your own hands and install a mini cell phone jammer in your car at home? TxtStopper is a professionally installed 12-volt device that apparently shuts off all communications from all U.S. cell phones in the car when the car is started and in gear -- yes, that includes non-driving passengers. Unfortunately, TxtStopper's website chooses to play on consumer fears rather than provide any real technical details, so we'll just have to trust them that it will work as advertised, okay? For $200, maybe not.

The problem is so bad that yet another state -- Georgia -- has joined 27 other states, the District of Columbia, and Guam in enacting laws that prohibit teen drivers from using cell phones while driving. Georgia's new law, which goes into effect July 1, 2010, is the latest in a nationwide effort to create "no cell phone zones" recently initiated by media mogul and mega-philanthropist Oprah Winfrey.

TxTStopper™ has taken the ‘No Phone Zone’ a step further with the launch of a patent-pending accident avoidance technology that turns any vehicle into a ‘No Phone Zone’. A spokesperson for TxTStopper™ said: “Personal commitments and national campaigns to stop texting, calling and emailing while driving are laudable; but the reality is that we are so ‘addicted’ to communication and constant multitasking that unless our phone is left at home, it will be used while driving.”

on June 29 at 4:50

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