Police of the future could be able to detect distracted driving with the same effort as spotting speeders by using radar guns.
A company in Virginia is developing a device that has the technology to determine if someone is texting and driving. The radar-gunlike device detects the telltale radio frequencies that are transmitted from a vehicle when someone inside is using a cellphone according to Malcolm McIntyre of ComSonics. It’s similar to a device that cable repairmen use to find leaking frequencies in a transmission.
ComSonics, the company that is working on the device, said that a text message, phone call and data transfer emit different frequencies from a cellphone, allowing the new technology to help police catch those that are texting behind the wheel or using their cellphone without a Bluetooth hands-free device.
The device is “close to production” but the company will still have to get legislative approval and adoption by law enforcement agencies.
[Source: Pilot Online]