December 13th, 2008

Two US inventors (Dr. Xuesong Zhou and Dr. Wallace M. Curry Jr.) have invented a new key fob that prevents you from using your mobile device while driving.  In order to use the car key you must slide the key of the fob which sends a signal to you device (connected by Bluetooth of RFID) that you have entered “driving mode”.  While in driving mode teens are unable to use the phone (call or text) where adults can make and receive call (if a hands free handset is used) but texting is disabled.  If calls are blocked they caller is informed automatically that the person is driving and they will get back to you as soon as they are stopped. All phone functions can be used once the key has been removed from the ignition and slid back into the fob.

See the demo video below (it will make more sense).

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7 Comments Add your own

    Lauren Glenn  |  December 14th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    OK. A few questions:

    If it only sends out the signal when the key is exposed, can my child have his/her cell phone off when starting the car and then turn it on after the car is started to circumvent this?

    What if they turn off the Bluetooth option on the phone? Will the device still stop usage of the phone?

    If it constantly sends out the signal, they could leave the key exposed all the time to kill the battery to avoid this whole process.

    If my passenger’s phone works and he doesn’t let me use the phone, can’t I threaten him to make him get out of the car if he doesn’t give me his cell phone?

    Why would you tell your child about this device when your child will be more than capable of disabling it?

    Is the device waterproof? Can my child dunk the device in water to prevent it from sending out the signal as the key is controled by a mechanical switch to expose the key?


    Stranger  |  December 15th, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Lauren you spoke my mind :-) . If simple bluetooth switch off will prevent it from working then there is no use. Children will do that and parents will only have feeling of false “security” which is even worse than nothing.

    Anonymous  |  December 20th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Kids aren’t not stupid, turning off Bluetooth like mentioned above will bypass this k2sd device.

    Good idea, poor execution. Needs improvements

    dave  |  December 23rd, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    From FAQ:

    Q: What if my child manually turns off Bluetooth in his cell phone?

    Q: What if my child has his/her cell phone off when starting the car, and then turns the phone back on after the car is started?

    A: By design, our software prevents a teen from manually turning off the Bluetooth of his phone. There are parental locks that will prevent the teenager or user from manipulating this without permission or a passcode. The parents can go to our website and setup the passcode using a PC’s browser, and the K2SD software program in the associated cell phone will automatically update and synchronize with any changes made to the user’s setting without use of a USB cable.

    If somehow a teen driver circumvents the parental locks and Bluetooth is turned off, our system can automatically switch on Bluetooth and search for the driving signal from the paired key, so that texting and talking while driving can be identified and blocked by our software program and the transgression is recorded for use in our safety score system.

    Drew  |  January 9th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    factory reset the phone… no software

    sad mom  |  January 14th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    My daughter was killed 11-2-08 in a car accident while sending a text message. She would have turned 21 on 11-16-08. I wish that everyone was required to have one of these and I would like to know where to buy one. No message is as important as your life.

    confused  |  September 9th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    when will this product come out?

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