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As National Transportation Safety Board Considers Cell Phone Ban, New Technology Could Stop Texting While Driving

Raleigh, N.C.- Based Telecommunications Expert Suggests “Not Now I’m Driving” Solution for Distracted Drivers

Raleigh, NC, December 16, 2011 --( A patented method that stops text messaging while driving might yield a solution to the national debate about the safety of cell phone use while operating a vehicle. NNID Corp. – short for Not Now I’m Driving – has patented a technology that stops texting while a car is in motion but allows for emergency calls and other safety overrides.

The GPS capability of a mobile device provides the latter’s latitude, longitude and velocity. Telecommunications expert and NNID Corp. Chief Technology Officer Ben Levitan has patented a technical solution that uses those capabilities to prevent mobile phones from sending or receiving text messages while traveling in a moving vehicle. The technology allows the blocking of texting and any other capability such as calling while driving. Users would not be required to purchase new handsets. The solution, if implemented by carriers, is able to control the blocking of texting immediately – not in five or 10 years’ time. This would fulfill recent recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board urging all states to ban texting while driving.

From the time the Federal Communications Commission handed out the mandate on 911 services in mobile phones in 1999, carriers had at least five years to ensure that all their subscribers had handsets equipped with location detection capability. Now, approximately 98 percent of wireless carriers are in compliance with the legislation, and networks are able to determine the location and velocity of any registered mobile device.

The technology allows for emergency exceptions. 911 calls could still be made regardless of location or speed of the mobile device. For first responders, the patent preventing texting also adds a capability to authorized Wireless Priority Service subscribers in which their restrictions to texting or talking while driving are overridden. Provisions allow for public transportation riders to safely use their cell phones while in transit as well.

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New Media Content:
Ben Levitan’s white paper on preventative cell phone technology: – “NTSB recommends full ban on use of cell phones while driving” (Wednesday, Dec. 14)

About Ben Levitan:
Ben Levitan serves as a legal expert witness in multiple telephone and data technological areas. His career has spanned more than 25 years in the field of cellular communication and includes 27 patents in cellular technology innovations. Levitan assists attorneys seeking case assistance in the fields of wireless, cellular, PCS and telephony. He is certified as a testifying expert in federal and state courts. Levitan has worked for Nextel Communications, Inc., Verizon, GTE, TSI, Sprint, ALCATEL, Telecommunications Services, Hughes Aircraft Company, COMSAT and Aeronautical Radio, Inc. (ARINC). He is the recipient of Nextel’s Top Innovator Award. For more information, visit

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