Cellular Jammer

Erick E

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Those who willingly participate in reckless or distracted driving are selfish. They know what they do is wrong, but continue to do so. They know what they do puts not just themselves but others in danger, and yet they still do it. They know that if they were to cause an accident and ruin their life or the life of anyone else, it would also destroy the lives of those who love them or the victims, but insist it would never happen to them. With the plethora of campaigns taken up against distracted or reckless driving, there doesn’t seem to be a decrease in the tragedy left in its wake. The main culprits of this worldwide epidemic are phones. Our incredible devices have opened us up to a wealth of knowledge only a finger swipe away. For all it has done for human advancement, it has also set us back. The addiction it feeds overcomes many people’s moral compass and common sense. Hence, the use of cell phones in the car. According to the National Safety Council, using a cell phone while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. With that being said, a solution must be found to end this problem. Since enacting legislation doesn’t seem to stop people, it must be up to the automobile manufacturers to take action. The solution I have come up with is the use of aluminum foil in each car. The basic function is to disrupt connectivity abilities which means no signals can leave the car. This effectively disables calls, texts, and internet access. The foil would be built into the body of the car meaning it can only be disabled by removing the body panels, a very expensive process. However, a big issue comes in the event of a car crash. Unless the person gets out of the car, the phone may not be able to be used for an emergency call. Another issue is the car’s windows. Any electroconductive materials will disrupt a phone’s signal, but glass is not one of those materials. Unless a material, like silver, was placed within the glass (tint would not work as it could simply be removed and replaced) a signal could still enter and leave the car. Finally, the last problem is the automobile manufacturers. Unless they all agree to implement the new technology, this plan will never work. Even if one company disagrees, the rest will not follow through as it jeopardizes their sales and profits. No matter if that one company produces unreliable, inferior products, people will gravitate towards that company as it doesn’t restrict their freedom to use their cell phone. However, if they were to all agree, I am confident an aluminum shell built into the car would decrease reckless and distracted driving as people would no longer be distracted by their phones.


Description

I came with the idea my freshman year of high school. My science teacher had assigned a fun assignment to help students become more comfortable working in a team. The goal was to create anything you wanted and present it to the class. Interestingly enough, this was more difficult than it sounds. The vagueness of the directions allowed for creative freedom, but everyone had their own ideas and no one was willing to compromise. When the time had run out, my team was left with an aluminum covered box. It was a good learning lesson for me on how to work as a team. However, getting to the point of the story, I found that I was not receiving texts or notification of incoming emails while my phone was in the closed box. When the discussion of distracted drivers came up, my mind would always flash back to that moment of how my phone could not work while in the box. Hence, the use of aluminum to jam phone signals.