Mobile phones are great, but getting distracted by a phone while you drive is a hazard for many more lives other than yours. A report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an average of 8 people die in accidents every day due to distracted driving. There are apps both for Android and Apple phones that will help you stay focused on the road without interruptions from your phone. Nissan has come up with a classier solution with a Faraday Cage.
Faraday cage is a shield made of a conductive metal mesh that Michael Faraday invented in the 1830s. The center of the armrest in the Nissan Juke has that mesh embedded in there. The company calls it “Signal Shield” that repels all cellular signals including WiFi and Bluetooth.
In a press release Nissan says:
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. It means a digital detox and a drive that’s free of incoming distractions.
Using the shield is like enabling the airplane mode on the phone except it is more physical than virtual, done with a box instead of a button tap on the screen.
We know what popped into your mind, “Why do I have this expensive smartphone if I cannot even listen to music wirelessly on the car stereo?” Nissan did not forget it; they added the good old USB port you get to connect your phone to the stereo.
Not everyone needs to have their phones locked away to focus better; some do alright even when the LED on the phone is flashing like crazy. But if you are one of those fidgety people who can not keep their hands off of the phone if it starts to blink, Nissan has the option for “those who struggle to ignore the beeps and pings.”