News VW turns metal from car wrecks into iPhone cases

23:00  27 april  2018
23:00  27 april  2018 Source:   autoblog.com

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Volkswagen is making Crashed Cases out of crumpled metal from cars wrecked in texting-and-driving accidents. It's meant to draw attention to a new Swedish law taking aim at the habit.

  VW turns metal from car wrecks into iPhone cases © Volkswagen

Here's a novel and creative — if slightly eerie — way to get people to think twice about picking up their phones while behind the wheel. Volkswagen is teaming up with brand management company NordDDB in Sweden to make smartphone cases from crumpled metal salvaged from car wrecks caused by texting and driving.

The project is meant to draw attention to a new law that went into effect in February in Sweden banning drivers from using their phones in a manner deemed "detrimental" to their driving, according to Swedish news outlet The Local. VW says that hasn't helped decrease the number of crashes.

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So Volkswagen has introduced a brilliant reminder to leave your phone alone. The idea came from VW of Sweden, and it will hopefully be available at your local dealer soon. It is an iPhone 8 case made from the sheet metal of wrecked cars .

Crashes / Wrecks . The cases , handmade with metal from the wrecked cars , are each, tragically, unique. Only 153 will be made, each one representing a serious accident that happened in Sweden during the first month the law was enforced.

The automaker and NordDDB are making only 153 of the handmade, numbered cases — one for each crash since the ban went into effect, the companies say. The "Crashed Case" retails for 599 krona, or about $69 at current exchange rates, and fits the iPhone 8. All proceeds go to Trafikskadefonden, a Swedish organization that helps victims of car crashes.

It's certainly an interesting idea and a worthy cause, and dare we say the scuffed-metal covers even look cool. But of course there's the whole creepy backstory factor.

That the new ban hasn't helped accident rates is sadly in line with the conclusions of other studies that have found no statistically significant drop in accidents in the wake of cell-phone bans.

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