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H. Shabeer and Wahida Banu

Mobile Phone Accidents - Experience Of India

Every year nearly 1.4 million people have been killed because of they are wireless customers and their over-bearing cell phones. While in India, an estimated 1.35 lakhs person died due to road accident in 2010, which is approximately 10% of road accident fatalities worldwide and these figures are the highest in the world. But still no research has been carried out to find the number of drivers using cell phone involved in road accident and very limited efforts has been carried out to prevent accident due to cell phone usage. To our knowledge this is the first survey carried out in India to determine the number of drivers involved in an accident due to mobile phone use. With the aim of preventing such accidents, it is proposed to develop a highly efficient automatic system for early detection of incoming and outgoing call, by placing an antenna along with mobile detection unit above the driver seat. This unit is capable of distinguishing whether the cell phone used either by the driver or by the passenger, if the driver uses of cell phone is detected, a safety application named Cellphone Accident Preventer (C.A.P.) which is developed using J2ME will be automatically load on the driver's cell phone which helps in eliminating the risk of accidents from occurring, at the same time ensuring that the user does not miss any emergency call. The research has been extended to show how far the system will help in preventing accidents and to what extent this system will help in reducing the Indian economic loss incurred unnecessarily due to road accident fatalities.