• Jan 22, 2012
Scosche has created a new device designed to disable cell phones while driving. The cellCONTROL uses Bluetooth to block calls the instant a vehicle begins moving. According to the company, users activate the system online, download an application onto their mobile phone and plug a trigger unit directly into the vehicle's OBD-II port. Once installed, the cellCONTROL automatically blocks telephone functions, from ingoing and outgoing calls to SMS, MMS, and internet connectivity. The device isn't a blanket block, however. According to Scosche, the device lets the phone to work as intended once a hands-free headset is detected.

The application will automatically alert an administrator via text or email should the cellCONTROL be deactivated, removed or otherwise tampered with. Scosche says the device is compatible with more than 1,200 devices and any vehicle sold in the U.S. after 1996. Prices start at $129.95. Seems like small price to pay to drive cell-free. Click past the break for the full press release.
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cellCONTROL - Safe Driving System for Cell Phones

Our Price: $129.95

Scosche cellCONTROL is a safe driving system that disables the use of unsafe cell phone applications while driving. Innovative Bluetooth signaling blocks drivers from being able to text message, email, make phone calls and much more. This safe driving system activates automatically when the vehicle is in motion to create a safe driving environment for everyone on the road.

Safer Driving Starts Here

cellCONTROL uses a simple one-time setup to keep the designated mobile device disabled every time the car is in motion. First, activate the safe driving system online. Then, download the app onto the mobile device. The last step is to install the trigger unit into your vehicle standard OBD-II interface.

Blocks Unsafe Applications
Once setup is complete, the safe driving system is ready to use. Email, texting, internet, camera and other apps will immediately be blocked once the vehicle is in motion. Use of the phone application will also be blocked - unless a handsfree headset is detected by your mobile device. This is the perfect solution for young drivers, fleet workers and anyone who is using their cell phone unsafely while driving.

Easy to Use
This tamper-free safe driving system is not only simple to set up, by continues to be easy to use. Reports of removal, deactivation or other misuse are sent by text or email to a designated administrator. It never needs to be re-installed and will continue to activate whenever the vehicle is in motion to block the use of unsafe applications.

Incredible Compatibility
Innovative Bluetooth communication and cellCONTROL software works with over 1,200 cell phones. Any vehicle sold in the United States in 1996 and after will include an OBD-II interface and will be ready to use with the safe driving trigger.

Works with
Operating Systems:
All Android 2.1 and above, all BlackBerry 4.5 and above, all Windows Mobile 5 & 6, all Symbian S60 (3rd Edition) and select Brew and BREWMP systems*.

Manufacturers
RIM, HTC, Samsung, Sanyo, Motorola, Nokia, Pantech, LG, Palm, Sony Ericsson and more*

Service Providers
Works with all US wireless carriers (data plan required)

Autmobiles
Works with any vehicle sold in the Unites State in 1996 and after.


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      JoanneVLavender
      • 2 Years Ago
      And what it, while you're driving, you're being followed or, as often happens while driving in the inner city after dark, attacked? Just HOW do you summon police if you're phone is deactivated? I do NOT need the Nanny State to govern my activities.
        uneamie22
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JoanneVLavender
        The old fashion way before cell phones......drive to the police station. There was a time not long ago when one had to deal!
          S.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @uneamie22
          How did they survive back in those days? Haha. :)
        ejjljjr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JoanneVLavender
        Unfortunately you DO! You like many others abuse the use of cell phones when driving. Making it unsafe for all other drivers.
      frankiespeaking
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well....let's march with the minions. Come on, Dumb America......you can't manage your own cell phone useage without this stupid piece of crap. You cannot be serious!...$130.....really!? Does it cut off your Onstar or Bluelink? What happens if you're in an accident?....Good luck with this!
      Maxximtl
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, this product is non-iphone compatible. That seems like a relatively huge design fault.
        kvh32055
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maxximtl
        YOU are non compatible you idiot! There is nothing in the article that states that. In fact, all it is is a noise generator, that swamps your cell phone with useless garbage and not allowing it to connect until your car is no longer moving, or using hands free.
          ufgrat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @kvh32055
          Uh... No. Actually, it's a bluetooth enabled device that talks to an App running on your phone. The problem is, the app has to have pretty low level access to disable the transceivers for voice, data, and SMS. Until it also disables the stereo, the built-in "Infotainment" system, and my passenger's vocal cords, it's still a solution in search of a problem, however.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      So I can pay $130 for a device I set up to prevent me from using my phone while driving? My God, that's brilliant! And here I am just leaving my cell alone or turning it off when driving like a sucker. Cuz let me tell you, nothing is as great as setting up a personal blockade for my own actions and letting some company get a good cut of it. /s (in case that wasn't obvious enough)
      Lantz Family
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want a device that will disable all phones in the cars around me.... I'm not seeing the benefit of this device. If I'm willing to buy the device and integrate it into my phone, I probably can just not use the phone and save myself $130.
      Auto enthusiast 24
      • 2 Years Ago
      So this is intended for worried parents? I wouldn't pay 130$ for something that I already do for free
      dytimmys
      • 2 Years Ago
      Or you can just turn your phone off or not use it for free....Some people are absolute morons....Don't give your kids cell phones except with it only able to call 911 and their parent, like I do....There problem solved
      ReTired
      • 2 Years Ago
      My phone already has a means of turning it "OFF" that works anywhere, without such complication and cost.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ReTired
        This is for teens who don't know how to turn a phone off while driving.
      montegod7ss
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anytime you force somebody to comply to a rule, they just find a way around it. If people text and drive they may or may not cause an accident, and if they do they will pay the consequences. No different than driving drunk, except that you don't have companies rushing to put bluetooth smarthphone breathalyzers in every car.
      russellmgm
      • 2 Years Ago
      I knew this was coming. It won't be long before this device will be mandatory. You can thank all the reckless people who insist upon texting while driving and completely ignore the law in states where cell phone use is prohibited while driving. I'm sick of watching out for all of the distracted drivers who drift across lanes, roll through stop signs and nearly broadside me because they're too busy texting or talking on the phone instead of driving. I see it all day long, every day . A friend was nearly killed by a teenage girl who ran him over in a cross walk. She was texting and ran a red light. Unfortunately, the only way people will understand how dangerous this behavior is is when it costs the life of someone they love. 90% of the calls being made while driving are NOT emergencies, just people running their mouths. It's not worth the loss of anyone's life.
      josiahgordon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm guessing it's designed for fleet drivers (UPS, FedEx, etc) where the bosses don't want their drivers taking personal calls on the road.
        stclair5211
        • 2 Years Ago
        @josiahgordon
        They have CDLs. The government already passed a law banning cell phone use. The fine is $2500. Just to the driver. I guess that's not enough for you.
      Lord RavenX8
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting concept, but they left out the concept of passengers, what if they're making a call to meet up with somebody while the driver does their job? Just stop being big babies and set down your phone when you drive.
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