A Virginia-based company is developing a radar gun that can detect if a person is texting while driving.
The device created by ComSonics works by picking up radio frequencies that come from a vehicle when someone inside is using a cellphone, the Virginian-Pilot reports.
Malcolm McIntyre, the company’s calibration services manager, told the newspaper that text messages, calls and data transfers emit different frequencies, which are distinguished by the ComSonics device. It can determine if a driver were possibly texting behind the wheel.
Speaking at the Virginia Distracted Driving Summit this week, McIntyre compared the technology to devices that cable repairmen use to detect frequencies leaking a transmission.
He says the text-detecting device is almost ready for production, but it would still have to get legal approval and be brought into police departments.
CNET notes that one hurdle is being able to tell whether a driver or another passenger is texting in the car, but authorities may only target vehicles with one driver.
ComSonics already has set foot into the law enforcement industry, offering calibration and repair services for radar and lidar equipment, according to The Blaze.
Texting while driving is banned in 44 states, including ComSonics’ home state of Virginia, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.