Ringing the changes: Dutch bike lock blocks rider's phone
June 22, 2017
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A telecom company in the Netherlands has developed a bicycle lock that also blocks its mobile network, in a move aimed at protecting young riders who regularly pedal through busy streets while looking at their phone.
An app opens the lock and simultaneously blocks the KPN cellular network, meaning that the cyclist's phone can only be used to call emergency services. Once the bike is locked using the app, the cellphone will work again.
The app, developed with the country's traffic safety authority, does not stop users listening to music stored on their phone,...