Don’t text and drive!
That isn’t going to be enough to stop anyone actually using the smartphone behind the wheel though. Nissan has a solution. A 180 year old solution in fact.
In a nutshell, it’s a Faraday cage. An invention dated back to 1830s, it is an an enclosure made of a conductive material, such as wire mesh, used to block electromagnetic fields.
Implemented and named as Nissan Signal Shield, it’s an in-car compartment that blocks all cellular, bluetooth and wifi signals. As of now it stands as a prototype compartment within the armrest of a Nissan Juke crossover.
Once a mobile device is placed in the compartment and the lid closed, the Nissan Signal Shield creates a ‘silent zone’, blocking all of the phone’s incoming and outgoing cellular, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.
The concept is designed to give drivers a choice about whether to eliminate the distractions caused by the millions of text messages, social media notifications and app alerts that are ‘pushed’ to smartphones each day.
While all Nissan crossovers are available with Bluetooth connectivity, the Nissan Signal Shield concept provides optional connectivity, giving drivers the choice between being able to contact and be contacted from the road, or creating a ‘phone-free’ space and time.
Although blocking out connectivity signals, the compartment maintains wired connectivity – so if you want to listen to music or podcasts stored on their smartphone, they can still connect to the car’s entertainment system via the USB or auxiliary ports.
To restore the phone’s wireless connections, drivers just need to open the arm rest to reveal the compartment – which can be done without taking eyes off the road or touching the phone itself – and the phone can reconnect with the mobile network and the car’s Bluetooth system.