Preface: No matter how hard we try, there is always a temptation to reach out to our phones while driving. That tiny little notification, that incomplete text message in the notification bar, always pushes us to open up the phone when we are behind the wheel.
Here are general cell phone statistics : The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving . 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving .
Problem: Avoidable deaths due to distracted driving caused by the use of phones.
Challenge: Design a system that renders phones useless while driving. It could be a particular setting or an app or a physical device. How could you make it hard to access yet useful during emergencies?
Please follow the following guidelines to solve the UX challenge:
- Understand the problem before jumping into solving it.
- Propose at least 2 ways the problem could be solved.
- What would the alternate universe look like where this problem never existed. You need to narrow down to the scope of the problem.
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