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Nissan Great Britain adopts Victorian-era (19th century) technology to reduce smartphone distraction while driving

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LONDON – Victorian invention, 21st century application: Nissan Great Britain (GB) has adopted a technology that’s almost 200 years old to create a concept solution for reducing smartphone distraction at the wheel.

The beauty of the design is its simplicity. The Nissan Signal Shield is a prototype compartment within the armrest of a Nissan Juke that is lined with a Faraday cage, an invention dating back to the 1830s.

When a mobile device is placed in the compartment and the lid closed, the Nissan Signal Shield creates a “silent zone,” blocking all of the phone’s incoming and outgoing cellular, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.

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