The CellCoach™ cell phone deterrent installs permanently underneath a vehicle's dashboard and is powered by a standard electrical connection to a negative ground and the vehicle's positive ignition power supply. It activates when a teenager’s (or older driver's) cell phone receives or sends a call or text message in a vehicle. The CellCoach™ emits a high pitched beeping sound that stays on until the cell phone’s activity ceases or it is turned off. The in-vehicle sound emitted by CellCoach™ is annoying enough to coach teen drivers to drive with their cell phones off.
Over 80% of teenagers use their cell phones when they drive. Over 40% of teenagers use text messaging while they drive. Texting while driving may seem impossible to an adult, but teens text frequently and think that they can do it while driving as well. Texting causes a lack of concentration similar to the use of alcohol and other drugs.
The CellCoach™ is only active when the teenager’s vehicle is turned on. It will work in many types of vehicles including cars, trucks, vans, and school buses. If the driver has an emergency, they can use their cell phone while driving, but it is recommended that the driver turn safely off of the road and turn off the vehicle prior to using their cell phone. When their vehicle is turned off the CellCoach™ deterrent is also off. To facilitate emergency calls while driving, the deterrent alarm does not interfere with normal cell phone function.
The CellCoach™ cell phone deterrent trains teenagers to turn their cell phone off prior to driving... this keeps them from having to listen to the obnoxious noise that they would hear if they received or made a call or text message while driving. No teenager wants to have to listen to “BEEEEEEEEEEEP!” the entire time that they’re talking or texting with their cell phone.
Parents are the best source of training for teenage drivers, but teens don’t always adhere to it when they are on their own. The good training that a parent has already done can be greatly reinforced with the CellCoach™ deterrent.
The CellCoach™ is more affordable than standard GPS and Video/GPS systems on the market today and it is much easier to install with its simple 2 wire connection. Unlike other systems, there are no other sensors or maintenance required. There are no monthly contracts required with the CellCoach™ cell phone deterrent. The CellCoach™ installs in minutes and retails for $199 and has no monthly fees. GPS units can vary from $400-$1000 and carry monthly monitoring fees that range from $30-$100 per month in addition to purchase of the unit. Video/GPS units require sophisticated installation requiring a trained technician and can cost $1250 plus monthly monitoring fees ranging from $30-$100 per month. Video/GPS systems must also be checked and adjusted every year due to equipment sensitivity.
The CellCoach™ is an active deterrent, responding within seconds to guard against bad driving behavior. GPS and Video/GPS systems are passive, requiring parents and fleet managers to log-in to websites to view reports pertaining to improper driving behaviors. Video/GPS systems are typically only available in 18 of the United States and require the sponsorship of an insurance company by insuring both the parents and teenage driver. After viewing the reports, a parent or fleet manager must then follow up to discuss the actions with the driver. The CellCoach™ administers its coaching immediately, relating the annoying alarm directly to the poor driving behavior of using a cell phone while driving.
The CellCoach™ works well when used in school buses and corporate fleet vehicles, increasing the safety of the vehicles and occupants by training the drivers to keep their cell phones turned off when using the vehicle.
Keys are included with the CellCoach™ so that parents or fleet managers can temporarily disable the unit.
The CellCoach™ is 100% legal. Cell phone jammers or blockers are illegal! Jammers (blockers, blasters) are illegal in the United States. The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and many other countries have determined that cell-phone blocking is illegal. The United States calls upon the Communications Act of 1934 to enforce such a law as it prevents people from "willfully or maliciously interfering with the radio communications of any station licensed or authorized." Manufacturing, importing, and advertising radio frequency jamming devices is illegal. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforces jamming laws. If convicted, first-offense penalties could include up to a $11,000 fine, one year of imprisonment, and seizure of the illegal device.
Currently, 18 States and the District of Columbia have laws related to use of wireless communication devices by young novice (teenage) drivers. Thirteen States (CA, CT, DE, IL, ME, MD, MN, NE, NJ, NC, RI, TN, and WV) have laws prohibiting the use of cell phones or other mobile communication devices for holders of learner’s permits and intermediate licenses. Colorado and the District of Columbia prohibit holders of learner’s permits from using cell phones, and Texas and Virginia prohibit holders of intermediate licenses from using cell phones. New York, and Washington prohibit hand-held use of cell phones by any driver.
In 2007, 34 States (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, IA, LA, ME, MD, MN, MS, MO, MT, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VT, and WV) considered some form of legislation to prohibit the use of cell phones.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a new bill into law that makes it illegal for anyone aged 16 or 17 to use a cell phone, pager, laptop, or handheld computer while driving a vehicle. The law goes into effect July 1, 2008, the same day that a ban on non-hands-free cell phone use take effect. Studies have shown that 14% of all fatal motor accidents are caused by teen drivers, and that car crashes are the leading cause of death for people aged 16-19. Cell phones have been shown to be the biggest distraction to teenage drivers. Governor Schwarzenegger has said, “The simple fact is that teenage drivers are more easily distracted. We want to eliminate any extra distractions so they can focus on paying attention to the road and being good drivers. We just don’t want to say ‘Hasta la vista, baby’ to young drivers anymore.” - Many other states have similar laws.
CellCoach Technologies is seeking established marketing partners.
Exclusive marketing agreements are available in the following areas: automobile insurance, vehicle manufacturing, cell phone carrier, 'big box' discount retailer, and electronics retail with in-house automobile aftermarket installation center.
The CellCoach™ inventor is scheduled to appear on 'The Big Idea' show, hosted by Donny Deutsch, within a week. The interview is scheduled to be conducted via webcam on December 13th, 2007, and relates to the 'Road to CES' special. CES is the world's largest trade show, the Consumer Electronics Show.
The CellCoach™ inventor is available for interviews.