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Mobile Phone only being used in the hands-free mode while driving

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004717D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Apr-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Farhan Siddique: AUTHOR

Abstract

Mobile Phone only being used in the hands-free mode while driving

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Mobile Phone only being used in the hands-free mode while driving

Farhan Siddique

There are a lot of accidents happening from the usage of mobile phones while driving. Therefore, to reduce the amount of accidents, I would like to propose that, "making phone calls using a mobile phone must only be possible in the hands-free mode while driving". Following is the proposed solution.

Use a mobile phone as a keyless remote to lock and unlock the car/vehicle (i.e. locking/unlocking the car/vehicle by pressing a button on the mobile phone) Security aspects like alarm activation/de-activation can be imposed during this operation. Also, an extension to this idea would be to use any kind of wireless handheld device as a keyless remote.

1. The mobile phone must get locked when the car is in motion and hence the driver will not be able to make any phone calls. Locking of the mobile phone can be accomplished by one of the following ways.

1.1 A signal from the control module of the keyless system can be sent to lock the mobile phone when the transmission gear shifts from PARK to any other gear. Similarly, another signal from the control module can be sent to unlock the mobile phone when the gear shifts back to PARK. Frequent signals from the transmitter must be sent to make sure that the phone is locked while the vehicle is in motion. (Signals from the PARK gear to the control module can be retrieved from the dashboard PARK LED wire).

1.2 A signal from the control module of the keyless system can be sent to lock the mobile phone when the ignition key is turned from OFF mode to START mode. Similarly, another signal from the control module can be sent to unlock the mobile phone when the driver switches the ignition from START mode to OFF mode. Frequent signals from the keyless remote transmitter must be sent to ensure that the mobile phone is locked when the car ignition is in the START mode.

1.3 A signal can be sent from control module of the keyless remote to lock the phone when the ignition key hits the ON mode while turning the key ignition from OFF mode to START mode, similarly a signal to unlock the mobile phone can be sent when the key ignition hits the ON mode while turning the key from START to OFF mode.

1.4 Short range wireless devices which use current and new technologies such as bluetooth, IEEE 802.11, etc. can be used as the control module of the keyless system to lock/unlock the mobile phone.

2. The mobile phone must get unlocked only when it is rested on the hands-free mobile phone holder. Any more signals from the transmitter to lock the mobile phone must have no effect in this position. This will make sure that mobile phones are operational only in the hands-free mode.

Thus, this will ensure safety of drivers using mobile phones while driving; Also, it will help the mobile manufacturing company to abide by the laws of safe driving