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Cell phone use blocked by little black box

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Posted: Apr 19, 2010 5:00 PM by Lori Steele
Updated: Apr 19, 2010 6:43 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Cell phones, little black box, obdEdge, calls, emails, text messages, computer use, behind the wheel, Community Coffee, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, WBRZ

A little black box can disable your cell phone while your vehicle is in motion.

Baton Rouge company obdEdge is behind new technology called 'cell control'. It plugs into your steering column and uses your vehicle's computer to operate. Through a web-based program, you determine what's allowed and what's not. You can block phone calls, e-mails, text messages and computer use.

The device was plugged into a News 2 vehicle today. When the vehicle was in motion, the cell phone wouldn't work. Instead, a screen popped up reminding us to keep our eyes on the road. When the vehicle stopped, that screen disappeared.

For Baton Rouge companies like Community Coffee, that frown on cell phone use behind the wheel, the new technology is appealing. Community Coffee tested the device on a small scale. Spokeswoman Catherine S. Heitman toldNews 2, "We found it to be successful in prohibiting the use of cellphones. The next step would be a larger trial with pilot study of drivers."

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is also looking at the new technology as a way to cut down on accidents.

To learn more about cell control, click the link below.

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