Dutch telecom company KPN designed a bicycle lock that shuts off a phone's network access while the owner rides

When people think of texting-while-driving, they tend to think of car drivers, but cyclists should also stop using their devices while on the road. KPN, a Dutch telecom company, teamed up with traffic safety authorities in the Netherlands to design a bicycle lock that disabled a mobile device's network, called Safe Lock.

The Safe Lock unlocks through an app which prevents the smartphone from receiving calls or texts during this time. When the owner places the lock back around their bike, the app returns the smartphone to normal operations.

KPN plans to release the Safe Lock closer to the end of the year for 100 euros or $110.

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When people think of texting-while-driving, they tend to think of car drivers, but cyclists should also stop using their devices while on the road. KPN, a Dutch telecom company, teamed up with traffic safety authorities in the Netherlands to design a bicycle lock that disabled a mobile device's network, called Safe Lock.

The Safe Lock unlocks through an app which prevents the smartphone from receiving calls or texts during this time. When the owner places the lock back around their bike, the app returns the smartphone to normal operations.