If you keep a keen eye on the world news, you must have heard about a company called 'Cellebrite'. Don't worry if you haven't heard of them, because most of the people don't know them. This relatively unknown technology company from Israel was in the news a couple of weeks back for reportedly helping FBI crack the iPhone that Apple refused to decrypt.
Big deal, you may say! It is, considering FBI's hackers were not able to open the iPhone. But what does it have to with automobiles? Well, apparently, Cellebrite has put forward and idea to build a new roadside device for the law enforcement agencies called the “Textalyzer” that could help the police to detect whether a driver was using a cell phone and got distracted, causing an accident.
While you may have heard of such ideas before, wherein the police can check if a person was using a smartphone while driving, it never came into existence. But now, it seems like Cellebrite could make this a reality, helping the law enforcement detect if a driver was using a smartphone before the crash. While this can't stop the accident from happening, it can help in legal matters, as well as help collecting the data that could prevent any future accidents due to the said cause.
Talking about the “textalyzer,” the idea of the device popped after a legislation was proposed for the city of New York. The legislation is aimed to produce the smartphones of the drivers involved in the accidents to the agencies to check for usage before the accident. If the said legislation gets approval, companies like Cellebrite will bid on the project. If the driver is caught using the smartphone later, the license of the driver will be “immediately suspended and subsequently revoked.”
Cellebrite is the forerunner in such technology and has already various technologies in place to detect such act. One such technology can actually wipe the contents of a smartphone, which is an advanced form of decrypting the cell phone. All Cellebrite has to do in order to create the textalyzer is limit the device to detect, how and when the phone was used.
We say it's a brilliant idea to know the exact cause of the accident and especially if it's due to the cell phone distraction. Various studies, both in India and the U.S have shown that the use of mobile is a major cause of accidents and that's why using a cellphone is banned while driving. But it's hard to determine if somebody was texting while driving and the new device aims to do so.