The Department for Transport are meeting to consider using technology for phone blocking features in cars that are in motion. This would enable them to stop people using their mobile phones while driving.
The meeting involves phone manufacturers and network companies who will weigh in on the decision to try and implement phone blocking features. They will be expected to provide options on how to try and accomplish this. One of the ideas being considered is a drive-safe mode, which will be similar to aeroplane mode, disabling features when you are in a car. Whether this will be a forced mode that enables itself when you reach a certain speed, and whether this will affect passengers in cars, is yet to be determined.
The Department for Transport is looking in to options after the recent announcement that the punishment for using your mobile phone while driving will increase in 2017 to a £200 fine and six points on your licence.
One of the options being considered is a drive-safe mode, which will be similar to aeroplane mode.
The main question that the meeting will aim to decide is how far the phone blocking should go, especially as modern cars now have Bluetooth technology built in that allows drivers to use their phone features via voice control, gesture control and by using the infotainment system in their cars.