System and method for detecting use of a wireless device in a moving vehicle

  • US 8,890,673 B2
  • Filed: 01/24/2011
  • Issued: 11/18/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/02/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for detecting wireless device use in a moving vehicle, comprising:

  • a computing system receiving data that indicates that a wireless device is being used in a moving vehicle;

    the computing system determining that the wireless device is being used by a user of the moving vehicle;

    the computing system, in response to determining that the wireless device is being used by the user of the moving vehicle, sending a command to a monitoring system that is communicatively coupled to the moving vehicle for operably causing an audible warning to be rendered by a speaker in the moving vehicle, the audible warning instructing the user to discontinue use of the particular mobile device in the moving vehicle, the audible warning being provided without disabling any use of the particular mobile device; and

    determining whether the user has terminated use of the particular mobile device after a predetermined period of time subsequent to providing the audible warning to discontinue use of the particular mobile device.

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