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.
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.
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 the video above to see it in use.