Most systems designed to stop texting while driving - such as TXTBlocker and cellCONTROL - do so by blocking text message signals when the phone is in a car. However, a new product called ORIGOSafe takes a different approach: unless your phone is plugged into the device, your car will not start.
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In order for the car to start, drivers must insert their smartphone into the ORIGOSafe, which is installed in the vehicle's center console. For those old enough to remember what an 8-track player looks like, the device looks very similar.
As a user drives, the device charges the phone and only allows a driver to make and receive calls via Bluetooth. The phone can be removed while driving, but it will trigger an alarm and alert a system administrator, such as a parent or manager. Consequentially, that user will be locked out of the system and unable to start the car on a subsequent trip. Only a system administrator will be able to unlock that feature.
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However, if the parking brake is engaged and the vehicle is idling, the device will allow the phone to be removed.
ORIGOSafe is available for preorder at $279 plus installation. Check out this video to see it in use.