Nissan has developed a compartment that blocks mobile phone signal whilst in the car.
The prototype, called Signal Shield, is built into the arm rest of the car giants Juke crossover vehicle, will eliminate distractions caused by incoming calls, messages, and social media notifications.
The armrest is lined with a Faraday Cage, which was first invented in the 1830s. It is a device used to block electromagnetic fields.
Penalties and fines for illegal phone use by drivers doubled to six points and £200 on March 1.
Alex Smith, managing director at Nissan Motor GB, said: “Mobile phone use at the wheel is a growing concern across the automotive industry, and indeed society, particularly with the high number of ‘pushed’ communications, such as texts, social media notifications and app alerts that tempt drivers to reach for their devices.
“The Nissan Signal Shield concept presents one possible solution for giving drivers the choice to remove all smartphone distractions while driving. This is about delivering more control at the wheel, not less.”
The rationale behind the Signal Shield is supported by data from the RAC, which says the number of drivers admitting to handling their phones while driving has risen from 8 per cent in 2014 to 31 per cent last year.
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.
Mr Smith said: “Some drivers are immune to the activity of their smartphone, but for those who struggle to ignore to ignore the beeps and pings, this concept provides a simple solution in this very connected world we live in.”
An RAC survey of more than 1,700 UK motorists found that the proportion who admit to using a hand-held phone behind the wheel increased from 8 per cent in 2014 to 31 per cent last year.