Nissan helps you escape the smartphone distraction in a geeky way

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Nissan said the concept is created to provide drivers with the option of eliminating the constant distraction of notifications buzzing through.

Called the Signal Shield, Nissan has showcased the concept in its Juke small crossover.

In fact, the Signal Shield is just a metal box posing as a centre armrest in a Nissan Juke, and a metal box acts as a Faraday Cage and blocks all signals to the phone.

While the Nissan Signal Shield blocks any Bluetooth or network signals from reaching the smartphone, motorists still have the ability to stream music from their device by connecting to USB or auxiliary within the compartment.

Is connectivity driving us to distraction?

The Japanese automaker's latest concept is called Signal Shield, and it relies on a 180-year-old creation - the Faraday cage.

The harsher punishments were introduced amid growing concerns surrounding mobile phone use behind the wheel.

Obviously, the goal is to prevent distracted driving. Nissan's own figures show that one in five drivers has texted while driving - which is not only forbidden, but it's also seriously unsafe.

When it comes down to restoring full functionality to your smart device, just open the lid of the Signal Shield and move on from there.

A Nissan spokesman explained: "Nissan GB has adopted a technology that's nearly 200 years old to create a concept solution for reducing smartphone distraction at the wheel".

"Nissan produces some of the safest cars on the road today, but we are always looking at new ways to improve the wellbeing of our customers", says Alex Smith, Managing Director of Nissan GB. This is about delivering more control at the wheel, not less. Giving drivers who are aware that they're easily distracted even with these additional technologies a way to remove potential distractions entirely is a positive move.

Nissan Signal Shield is just a concept for now, but it's interesting nevertheless.

RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: "For those who can't avoid the temptation, this simple but pretty clever tech gives them a valuable mobile-free zone".