Are your teens just hitting the open road? Do you manage a fleet of young, phone-obsessed drivers? Do you need your own personal texting and driving intervention? The Scosche cellCONTROL module might be the answer to those questions.
Driving accessory manufacturer Scosche announced the Scosche cellCONTROL accessory at CES 2012 and it’s just starting to gain popularity. The system works by plugging the module into a car’s OBD2 port, which comes standard on any vehicle from 1996 to present. The owner has to register the cellCONTROL module online, then download an app to the smartphone that is intended to be disabled. After running the application once, every time the driver enters the vehicle, their smartphone will connect with the Schosche cellCONTROL module, which will disable nearly all phone functionality via Bluetooth when the car is in motion.
Calling, texting, emailing, web access and applications will all be blocked on the driver’s smartphone, designating the driver to the grueling and painful task of concentrating on the road and not killing anybody. If the driver attempts to remove the cellCONTROL module, the administrator will be notified immediately and an inevitable grounding will be opposed upon most teen drivers. Phone calls via a hands-free device will be permitted with the Scosche cellCONTROL and drivers will have the ability to play music from their smartphone.
Scosche offers a monthly or yearly plan with enhanced privileges for users who want the most out of their module. Signing up will enable multiple licenses in order to make the system compatible with more than one smartphone, which is ideal for the workplace. Administrator capabilities like the reporting of mileage and average speed will also be available, much to the joy of parents. In addition, the upgrade plan will allow the administrator to fully customize which functions can be used while driving. Naturally, GPS requires the use of Internet, so with the added plan the administrator can enable Internet functionality in order to provide GPS for the driver.
At the moment, the Scosche cellCONTROL supports 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. Scosche is waiting on the green light from Apple for iOS support, and the jury is out on Windows Phone 7/7.5.
The Scosche cellCONTROL system is available now from the company’s website for $129.95 while the monthly upgrade plan runs for $49.95 per month. A yearly plan is available as well for around $500.
I’ll leave you with some fun facts from the National Highway Transportation and Safety Authority (NHTSA):
20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA).
Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashed, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). (NHTSA)
The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.