People have become increasingly addicted to their cell phones, unwilling to part with them even while behind the steering wheel. As a result of this, thousands of people die in road accidents each year owing to texting while driving.
20-year old TJ Evarts came up with the perfect solution for this to protect other youngsters like himself. The talented entrepreneur designed Smart Wheel, a new technology that prevents people from getting easily distracted by their phones while they drive.
The new gadget is designed to fit over the steering wheel, ensuring the driver’s hands are constantly on the wheel. Every time the driver removes one hand, the device lights up and produces a buzzing sound.
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Evarts' invention has been endorsed by President Barack Obama, who got a hands-on demonstration at the White House. Smart Wheel is also recognized as a CES 2016 Innovation Awards honoree in the Vehicle Intelligence product category at Consumer Electronics Show's unveiled event in NYC.
Smart Wheel is already a hit among people, with many parents eager to install it in their cars to monitor their children's driving habits.
A Facebook wall post on Smart Wheel’s page praised the product:
The product has received great response and if people actually start using it while driving, maybe we can see a significant drop in the number of distracted driving incidents taking place each year.