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And When He's a Teenager...

What kind of driver will he be? - No matter what kind of car they have, we all know that teens are terrible drivers. Since he may not have someone watching over him constantly, what can you do? Now there's a solution!

Researchers have developed an automobile ignition key that prevents teenagers from talking on cell phones or sending text messages while driving by turning off the ignition when the teen uses the phone.

Engineer Xuesong Zhou, who co-invented the system, says, "The key to safe driving is to avoid distraction?At any given time, about 6% of travelers on the road are talking on a cell phone while driving. Also at any given time, 10% of teenagers who are driving are talking or texting." Key2SafeDriving should be on the market within six months at a cost of less than $50 per key plus a yet-undetermined monthly service fee.

Art credit: University of Utah

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