• Apr 21st 2006 at 7:55PM
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Demetrius Thompson was struck, twice, by drivers distracted while chatting on their cellphones. Instead of understandably getting mad or sensibly suing the drivers for millions, he instead founded the company Global Mobile Alert which developed a system called MyMobileAlert.
MyMobileAlert tracks the cellphone via GPS as its owner drives about their business. When the system determines the chatty driver is approaching within one hundred feet of a stoplight or a certain distance from an intersection, the cellphone will emit a loud 'chirp' to notify the driver who can then take any appropriate actions.

The only requirement for MyMobileAlert is a GPS-capable cellphone; the issuing wireless company would install the necessary software. So far the system has been demonstrated in  cities such as West Hollywood, California.

[Source: Technology Review]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      i liked your site
      • 9 Years Ago
      "...but it SEEMS like I'm more alert when I'm on the phone than when I'm not." I've heard people say the same thing when they are (finally) stopped by police for driving under the influence, be it drugs or alcohol.
      Perhaps we should start including a cellphone part to the driving part of driver's tests. There could even be a walking while talking instead of driving while talking test (for those folks that don't want to risk their cars). If you fail the cellphone part of the test, your cellphone gets a chip inplanted that keeps it from activating when the car's transmission is in any forward gear. THAT, and/or the car you drive has a HUGE sticker prominently displayed on it that says "BEWARE, I AM OBLIVIOUS WHILE ON 'PHONE"
      • 9 Years Ago
      What they need is a "Warning: You're driving 28 in a 50 MPH zone" alert. Or "Warning: The light turned green a half an hour ago, MOVE IT!" alert.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Stoneman, I agree with you on that. I like the people who hit their brakes constantly, too. Its like a freaking strobe light. All you need is the techno music and things will be peachy. Plus, I always thought Canadians, as a whole, were good drivers. A little heavy on the accelerator but good.

      I like this stoplight idea. But they need something on phones that interacts with sensors on cars and does whatever. Kind of like those backup sensors they have now.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Good idea but not perhaps the perfect sollution. It is a growing problem in all over the world not just in USA. It will be aserious problem in SOuth Asian countries like India or Pakistan where drivers do not show so high regard to traffic laws like USA. specialy now Pakistan has a teledensity of 22% (http://www.southasiabiz.com/2006/04/pakistan_teledensity_on_the_ri.html).
      I just think that the best way is to educated drivers and on the other hand strict enforcement of law.
      • 9 Years Ago
      So how does the phone distinguish that you're driving and not a passenger?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I will never understand the growing need for technology to compensate for human stupidity.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I almost got ran off the road a couple times today. Once by a COP on a cellphone (go figure) and the other was some lady on a phone in a Suburban with four kids. This type of BS is getting freaking ridiculous. I have only been driving for four years (yea its sad but I took drivers ed late lol) and I hate driving. I actually fear for my life sometimes. I avoid freeways as much as possible, I avoid left turns, I avoid driving next to SUV's and a host of other things.

      I know I sound like a baby but I cant afford to get into an accident. And I dont particularly feel like being hurt. Driving just gets to me sometimes I guess...
      • 9 Years Ago
      So instead of talking on a cell phone, a person with this device would be staring at their GPS and making more unnecessary movement on the road that make driving more dangerous. This invention is pointless and as much, if not more of a threat to normal drivers than people talking on cell phones.
      • 9 Years Ago
      On a recent to Spain, I saw a traffic cop (Guardia Civil)pull over a car where the driver was talking on a cell phone. It's a serious offense to drive & chat.
      • 9 Years Ago
      All distractions from driving are dangerous and thoughtless. People who are driving should drive and do NOTHING else at the same time.

      "Multi-tasking" is a phony bunch of crap and means doing several things poorly instead of one thing well. If you must call somebody, pull off the road and make your call.

      Shut up and DRIVE!
      • 9 Years Ago
      #6 ..

      Yea.. When I did not want to drink and met with an accident, all my friends who were drinking at that time said " We told you .. you did not listen . If you were drunk, you wou would have been more careful!"
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