8 Feb 19

Brussels Region wants to ban smartphones behind the wheel

Using your smartphone may become a thing of the past in the Belgian capital. The Brussels Region is working on a digital tool to block smartphones so drivers cannot use them while behind the wheel. Using a hands-free kit would remain possible.

Despite various awareness-raising campaigns in the past, many drivers in Brussels still use their smartphone while driving, prompting the Brussels government to launch a call for action for initiatives that combine road safety and the digital dimension. Chosen projects may involve a system to block the telephone as soon as the car is in motion. In a first stage, it would be a voluntary project, according to Bianca Debaets, Brussels Secretary of State for Road Safety and Digital Transition.

Blocking smartphones can be achieved by using the SafeDrivePod application, which requires drivers to install a small device in the front passenger compartment and to download the SafeDrivePod application to the smartphone. Once activated, the pod locks the smartphone’s display as soon as the vehicle exceeds a speed of 10km/h. SafeDrivePod allows drivers to use their smartphone through their hands-free kit.

Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck