"According to a latest CNN Report by Jack Cafferty, (Sept 2010), late studies have shown teens to be texting at an average rate of 3,000 texts a month!!Yes! 3,000!"
Give Teens a GOOD REASON NOT to bring their hand-held texting gadgets into the car and use them while driving!
THE GOOD REASON- The ability to text SAFELY while driving, through technology- a device (keypad) that's comfortably (and releasably) mounted to the steering wheel that will keep the hands glued to the wheel, coupled with a windshield LED projection device that will display the message on the windshield, so eyes stay glued to the road. BUT_ most of all, the feel and touch of genuine texting, not faux texting like other voice activated texting that will only frustrate the teen and bring him to use his UNSAFE hand-held device. Remember, teens are very impatient, and they are the fastest growing entry into the driving field.
Reasons 1,2 &3 above- they are addicted, so these reasons won't fly. Respond to their needs by making it safe to do with the right device, and there will be safer roads.
'This patented concept is not out to PROMOTE ANY IllEGAL ACTIVITY! This is
to turn a dangerous activity into a SAFE one. There IS NO promoting of
texting while driving that we can or want to do here. The damage HAS
ALREADY BEEN DONE by the current technology out there, coupled with the
public's (especially teens)embrace of, and newly acquired pathological
(yes, it has been studied) addiction to this form of instant communication.
This new patented concept is a major effort to CURB the tragic UNINTENDED
CONSEQUENCES that have arisen from the advent of the tinier and tinier
hand-held phones devices that are ever increasingly featuring tinier and
tinier keypads expressly for texting, and, without even a thought, to just
bring them with you right into the car. YOU ALL KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING
ABOUT OUT THERE!
And- even with this pateted device, texting while driving WOULD BE
RECOMMEDED ON A DISCRETIONARY BASIS ONLY, i.e., while in bumper-to-bumper
traffic, or at a traffic light stopped, etc., but with this device, more of
this time can be used to text safely because eyes are on the road ahead of
you, and hands are GLUED to the wheel ALREADY
The success of this device, with proper R&D through the help of investors,
would depend, in part (which is one of our major objectives) on receiving
NTSB approval after clearing all developmental safety testing and keeping
it legal. This would make it very successful in the marketplace, because it
solves so many problems, saves lives, and teens will like the texting
|The Drive-Safe Cell Phone|
***New Product For Licensing, Manufacturing, and/or Investors***
U.S. PATENT # 6,983,170
Recent NY Times Articles and Information
When you must use a keypad to communicate. . . When you must text . . . When you must use keys for prompts . . . When voice recognition will not work. . .
When you must text . . .
When you must use keys for prompts . . .
When voice recognition will not work. . .
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|U.S. Patent : # 6,983,170
Inventor : Jerry Stulberger
U.S. Patent for sale-
The Drive Safe Cell Phone-
The Steering Wheel mounted phone device that's designed to break up (in tandem with the unlikely event of airbag deployment) into 4 pieces each remaining safely strapped in place so as not to be harmful projectiles. - see figs. 14, 15 & 17
Text messaging is becoming increasingly popular while driving - increasingly dangerous - and now increasingly illegal - as the driver has to hold his keypad in his hand, type, and look intensely at the readout. The solution -
Safely text message with this steering wheel mounted keypad while driving and while keeping your hands firmly gripped on the wheel - by using your thumb-tips on the keypad, just like you would to control your radio, cruise control, or other steering wheel mounted switches. The easy to read keypad is right in front of the driver, for minimal down-glancing off the road.
IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR TEXTING AND U.S. PATENT #6,983,170 FOR SALE
NOW-THE SOLUTION- U.S. PATENT #6,983,170 (THE DRIVE SAFE PHONE)
1.PUTS THE KEYPAD ON THE STEERING WHEEL-DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE DRIVER
2.DRIVER HANDS ARE FIRMLY GRIPPED TO, AND NEVER LEAVE THE WHEEL
3.DIAL OR TEXT ALL YOU WANT WITH YOUR THUMBTIPS ON LARGE, EASY TO READ KEYS, RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.
4.VIEW TEXTS ON LARGE, EASY TO VIEW “READ-OUT” RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.
5.GLANCES TO THE READ-OUT ARE QUICK AND SAFE, JUST AS THOUGH YOU WOULD BE LOOKING AT YOUR SPEEDOMETER.
6. THE READOUT COULD ALSO BE AN IMAGE PROJECTION ONTO THE WINDSHIELD IN FRONT OF THE DRIVER, AS THIS PATENT’S SCOPE ENCOMPASSES ANY CURRENT ART TECHNOLOGY.
7. THE PATENT’S OBJECTIVE IS GETTING THE PHONE DEVICE / KEYPAD IN FRONT OF THE DRIVER ON THE STEERING WHEEL, FOR SAFEST USE BY DRIVER WHILE DRIVING, TOTALLY HANDS FREE, BUT ENABLING THUMBTIPS TO DO THE WORK.
People will continue to abuse their cell phones, blackberries, and new cell phones with the latest features including text messaging, by holding them and texting while driving creating a hazardous and unlawful condition. The solution is this patented concept of putting the phone in front of the driver conveniently and safely, so he/she may text when needed, while never having to hold a phone in hand while driving. Texting is becoming increasingly popular in vehicles because people are spending so much more time in their cars sitting in traffic. Text messaging requires the use of hands/fingers to punch in the characters and does NOT use the Blooth Tooth voice recognition devices currently used as hands-free devices. Therefore, a keypad that is easy to read and use, well located and very safe is a NECESSITY NOW, IN 2007!
Texting is becoming increasingly popular in vehicles because people are spending so much more time in their cars sitting in traffic. Text messaging requires the use of hands/fingers to punch in the characters and does NOT use the Blooth Tooth voice recognition devices currently used as hands-free devices. Therefore, a keypad that is easy to read and use, well located and very safe is a NECESSITY NOW, IN 2007!
YOUR CONSIDERATION OF THIS CONCEPT IS MUCH APPRECIATED. WE ARE LOOKING TO SELL THIS APPLICATION OR FOR INVESTOR FUNDS TO BRING TO PROTOTYPE AND ULTIMATELY TO MARKET.
Why a "Crisis Need" for a truly innovative new concept in Hands-Free cell phone design in a car-
There are studies being done to show how dangerous a distraction cell phone use is while driving.
Researchers at the University of Utah have shown in several studies that conversations on hands-free phones are just as distracting as handheld ones.
This indicates a need for "something new" in hands-free devices.
The University of Utah also found that hands-free phone use impaired drivers when simulated traffic was heavy, causing rear-end collisions in 3 of 1,280 simulated braking accidents. There were no accidents in simulated light highway traffic.
Another study, done by the California Highway Patrol, tracked state accident reports. Cell phone use was linked to accidents involving 611 drivers during the first 6 months of 2002. That number accounts for 0.1% of the 491,083 crashes in California during that time period, but it is 11% of the 5,677 collisions associated with inattention, making cell phones the single leading culprit in that subset of crashes. Accidents caused by drivers fingers on the car's sounds sytem were second at 519 crashes. Most inattention crashes were linked to a variety of other factors; kids, eating and reading.
Currently, 27 states are considering legislation to prohibit drivers' use of cell phones while behind the wheel, while NY State is so far the only one prohibiting hand held phones.
An Attorney is being sued (Yoon vs. Wagner, in Va.,) for killing a 15 year old girl while driving and allegedly conducting business on her cell phone. The litigation has prompted many businesses nationwide to prohibit cell phone use by their employees while driving, for liability and insurance purposes.
Why imposing heavily restrictive legislation on cell phone users will be nearly impossible to enforce, or cause great controversy-
You may be able to legislate personal lifestyle issue such as seatbelt fastening, child safety seats, erratic driving laws, and even, of course, hands-free cell phone device laws. But you can't legislate people to stop talking in the car while driving, whether to other passengers, (as some lawmakers are looking to propose-“sensible conversations with others in the car”)or, if the driver is alone, on the cell phone (see “Benefits” below).
Human nature being what it is, people will not stop doing something that has become so pervasive in their lifestyles. As a matter of fact, for the overwhelming majority, it has become a positive and productive communicative asset.
Benefits of unrestricted cellular telephone use include-
A driver who is alone in the car may find a phone conversation very stimulating on long, monotonous trips, thereby keeping the driver awake. The potential for inattentiveness while involved in a phone conversation, which might lead to an accident, would potentially be far outweighed by the benefit of this person not falling asleep behind the wheel and very likely causing a major accident. It has been cited in studies that voice communications appear to enhance driving performance with fatigued drivers.
Driving while under a worrisome or anxious mood-
There are also many times when it's difficult , impossible or outright dangerous to pull over to the side of a road to accept a call, and you are waiting, worried, for a phonecall from a loved one who is in a precarious situation. The phone then rings. You will most likely not ignore that phonecall, but rather, you will answer it, and most probably be relieved from the news (hopefully)on that phonecall.
Then, you will more than likely continue your drive safely, calmly, and more relaxed. How often have you found yourself driving in a situation where you are worried sick about a loved one for whatever reason, and because of your anxiety you are driving quite inattentively thinking more about that person's situation than the road in front of you. And- there isn't a safe pull over area for miles, and you have one thing on your mind-getting to your destination as soon as possible to “find out more”, or you may be running late for an appointment and you find you're you're an emotional wreck at this moment , and decide that it's impossible to pull over now and make this call (even though it may be a bad decision in a practical sense).
These aspects of the use of a cell phone in a car while driving is considered “priceless” by the public, and to legislate this into oblivion will, at the least, be very unpopular, at worst, cause violators to fight back, and for sure, will go unheeded by much of the public.
The reduced size, reduced cost, and increased functionality of the cellular telephone find its use by drivers in vehicles increasing dramatically all the time. Indeed, time spent commuting, caught up in traffic, and just plain traveling now can be productive. Additionally, the cell phone brought with it a sense of security for those concerned about traveling alone in unfamiliar places or vehicle breakdown.
Statistics (approx. market size):
It is estimated that more than 85% of cell phone owners use their phones at least occasionally while driving, and more than 27% use their phones during half or more of their trips. That's approx. 75 million drivers talking on their phones while driving. There are currently 88 million cell phone users in this country alone, and 40,000 new subscribers every day. That rate of subscribership exceeds the birth rate.
As is currently evident, laws to prohibit use of cell phones or hand-held phones will continue to increase, ultimately causing an unprecedented high number of potential violations, litigation cases, etc., because human nature dictates the use of cell phones while driving in a very progressive society like ours. People are using their phones in cars all the time, as indicated above,(look at those statistics).
Bottom Line- We need a new, innovative, safer cell phone
device in a car, for very safe, lawful, unrestricted cell phone
Instead of overwhelming the driving public with volumes and volumes of anti-cell phone use legislation, which will only lead to mass anger, frustration, an historic number of violations never seen before, clogging the courts, massive fines being slapped on to those who cannot afford, etc., rather make the cell phone use experience much safer, so as to attain a win-win-win situation. (Greatly reduce accidents and deaths, utilize the phone as needed with virtually no inattentiveness or physical distraction, no violations due to hand held use, and no need to legislate extreme local laws that will cause societal anger and frustration, and use of the phone “undercover”, or while the “cops are not looking”).
The Alternative Drive Safe Phone Device can be used in-
Vehicles with On/Off airbag switches-
This Drive Safe Cell Phone Device can also be manufactured Not to split up with airbag deployment, but rather as a much simpler device!
The market for this would be-
A cell phone in a car should be a "built-in" fixture, like a radio. It should never be a portable hand-held device, because then there always exists the hazardous possibility that it will be removed from its current "hands-free" cradle and used for dialing, reading the caller 'ID' to screen a call, a frustrated driver who just can't get a clear enough conversation and grabs it to his ear by hand, or a driver who decides that others in the car should not hear his private conversation, and holds the phone to his ear.
The Drive Safe Cell Phone eliminates these hazardous possibilities forever. You cannot hold this phone. It is "built in" like a fixture (such as a car radio, where you can't hold it) due to its design, location mounting, keypad readability and usability, yet it is as portable as your regular cell phone, where it easily attaches and detaches to your steering wheel's airbag cover face area.
The above premise of its design and mounted location extends to the lawfulness of full usage of this phone device, both for dialing and receiving, reading and punching the keypad, while driving. Hands never leave the wheel, and eyes never gaze dangerously off the road. It reads as though you would your speedometer, or gas gauge. Its location doesn't block your view of the important gauges.
As a matter of fact, you cannot operate this phone properly unless both hands are on the wheel.The tips of your thumbs press all keypad functions.
Car "built-ins" also tend to be expensive. The nature of this device's design is to be an inexpensive (objective-under $100), affordable alternative, and does not have to be permanently in one car, but can be moved from car to car.
Remember, there are reasons for laws singling out hands-held cell phone use while driving, as opposed to outlawing eating a sandwich, taco, cup of coffee, etc., while driving. The coffee, sandwich, taco - those you finish in a few bites, and then you have your hands back.
Cell phone use, on the other hand, tends to be continuous, and may take your entire trip, in a potentially hazardous condition. The distinction is that you have a much longer time window at risk while using a conventional cell phone and driving, than any other distraction.
Also, you may get very emotionally distressed in a particular conversation, therefore really needing to have the safest, least distractive means for which to talk on a phone in such a time, so as not to enter into a hazardous situation. Stressful conversation while holding a phone has been proven deadly all too often. This device will afford the driver involved in such a conversation the least distraction, and most safety.
The passive pre-programmed driver awaken feature is another major, potentially life-saving safety aspect of this invention. Please read further for more details.
The Most Hands-Free,
Affordable and Portable,
Cell Phone Device/Accessory
Possible In A Car
As attorney for the inventor of the innovative Drive-Safe Cell Phone we are currently seeking manufacturing companies to license, purchase patent rights or enter into a royalty agreement for this timely invention.
The U.S. Highway Traffic & Safety Administration reports that as of August 2001, 25% of Highway Auto Accidents are caused by Driver Distractions in the Vehicle, at a cost of approximately 60 billion dollars to society. If a driver uses a phone device, such as of the present invention, it would help reduce the above statistic significantly, by taking the idea of a "hands free" cell phone in cars to the highest level of safety with the least possible distraction.
The Drive-Safe Cell Phone is a releasably attached steering wheel mounted phone, which can also be used as a remote interface for an existing cell phone. The present invention is releasably attached to the airbag cover of the steering wheel of a vehicle which is the safest place in the entire car for a driver to be able to freely use a cellphone (to both dial out, receive calls, and safely glance at the phone display). The driver's hands are never removed from the wheel and their eyes are kept on the road with absolute minimum distraction downward to glance at phone display or numbers (equivalent to viewing speedometer or gauges).
For years, automakers have been installing more controls on or near the steering column for safety purposes. The advent of the airbag and the sizeable space on its cover face allows for a perfect location for this flat design phone device to be releasably affixed. The invention is easy to read and safe to dial because the driver's hands never leave the wheel, thumbs and/or fingertips depress key pad button functions. A truly "hands-free" cell phone device for safe use while driving.
The present invention can also be sold or used as an accessory to an existing phone, as a remote interface device. The existing cell phone (most likely a very unsafe style for use while driving ie., flip phones or small phones with small keypads which must be held for use) would be rendered useless when plugged into a special cradle. Control is then switched to the remote interface of the present invention. Therefore there is no illegal usage, no possibility of unlawfully grasping hold of the existing cell phone, and no misdirection of gaze to the unsafe phone. Additionally this feature does not require the purchase of a new phone contract for use.
One of the key safety features of the Drive-Safe Cell Phone is the factory preprogrammed passively activated (upon power-up) driver "awaken" feature. After the passage of a short period of driving time (approximately 30 minutes) a preprogrammed (by driver) telephone number will automatically be dialed and produce noise loud enough to waken and alert the driver. The volume of the ring or dial tone can then be adjusted down according to the individual user's preferences. The stimulation the driver gets from entering into a phone conversation or the anticipation of one will serve to mentally refresh him/her, break the monotony and awaken the driver out of lethargy. If the driver is already awake than he/she can choose to easily abort the call by pressing cancel, and the cycle resets itself for the next 30 minute intervals automatically. The only way to stop the cycle of activity of this feature is to power-off the phone. Any normal phone calling activity by the driver will override the awaken feature and automatically reset it when the last call is completed. The purpose of this feature is to keep the driver alert, mentally aware and focused, therefore reducing the probability of lethargy from monotonous driving conditions and lack of stimulation.
The phone can be manufactured in two ways:
(1) In a way that is presented in Figures 1-13 due to its mounted position on the airbag face cover, which may cause a potential risk to the driver in the unlikely event of airbag deployment, in the form of injury from propelling pieces or impediment of airbag operation. However, statistically, the safety benefits would far outweigh the risk and the soft casing construction of the device should reduce the probability of serious injury. For those people who have disconnected their airbags this potential risk obviously is not an issue. The phone device is perfectly safe.
(2) As presented in Figures 14-17 where it is designed to safely break up into 4 pieces in tandem with the tearing up of the airbag cover during deployment, and not be an impediment to the airbag's operation or injurious to the driver. Casing proposed to be built out of durable but lightweight molded styrofoam or styrene casing, to facilitate easy break-up (at weakened points) upon airbag deployment and minimal potential of injury to people due to the "floating" nature of the styrofoam. The airbag itself remains a greater danger.
A study has found that approximately 4% of our driving public at any given time, is on the phone. This is a lot of people on the roads, at all speeds, driving potentially dangerously, and in more and more jurisdictions, unlawfully. Those numbers will continue to grow and people will still not stop using their cell phones in their cars. This invention is intended to make cell phone use in the car the safest possible, and totally lawful, reducing accidents, and keeping the driver awake and mentally "aware".
The present invention can be attached by hook and loop material or by a strap means. Power to the telephone is supplied by a cord which receives power from the 12-volt cigarette lighter outlet. The cord has a breakaway junction disposed so that the cord will break away in the event that the airbag is activated. The cord may be manufactured in 2 different ways, not impeding steering activity. The phone also has its own rechargeable battery. There is also a suggestion to auto makers to produce an internal connection, as shown in Figures 18+19, items 80+82.
The following pictures are meant to display possible physical characteristics of the present invention and are not to be taken in a limiting sense. It is understood that other embodiments may be utilized and that structural changes may be made without departing from the scope of the invention.
If you are interested in licensing, purchasing the rights to the above invention or entering into a royalty agreement please contact the office of Michael I. Kroll as follows:
Michael I. Kroll
80 Skyline Drive, Suite 304
Plainview, New York 11803
Tel. #: 800-367-7774
Tel. #: 516-367-7777
Fax #: 800-367-7999
Fax #: 516-802-0510