jenrgw T Mobile Introduces New Technology to Curb Distracted Drivers

Last week, T-Mobile announced an optional new service that would automatically disable alerts and send all calls to voicemail if a cell phone is in a moving car. The service, which is priced at $4.99 a month is voluntary and other mobile carriers are expected to introduce similar services soon.

The Pros and Cons

The most obvious advantage of such a system is that it discourages drivers from distracted driving.  The thinking is that if you do not know that a text or call has come in then you are less likely to pick up your phone and drive while using your cell phone or while texting.

However, this technology is not without its disadvantages.  Currently, there is no way to differentiate between a phone used by a driver and a phone used by a passenger.  For that reason alone, the service may prove unpopular.  Additionally, the technology can be overridden by the cell phone user.  Thus, even if parents were to purchase the service for their teenage drivers, there is no guarantee that the teenagers would use it.

What do you think about this technology? Is it likely to result in meaningful safety changes or is it unlikely to have an effect?

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