In April, the State Duma should finally decide the fate of the AGS - Car Speakerphone.

Gennady Ryabtsev

Those who saw films about American truckers, probably remember how they communicate with each other on the radio, warning about ambushes by the police, traffic jams, or simply poisoning girls about each other by short long hours on the highway. In road conditions, communication at a single frequency is certainly preferable, say, cellular, because in order to “call” an unfamiliar driver of a passing car, you do not need to know his number. Just take a microphone and call someone you need. Hello, they say, to timber trucks from fuel trucks! How is it ahead: the cops are not visible? Well and further in the same vein …

But, as this often happens, Russia also went "on its own way", having come up with automobile communications … without any radio waves at all!

It all started a couple of years ago in Vladivostok, when someone came up with the idea of ​​putting a portable loud-speaking installation from a Japanese boat onto the car - especially for small vessels, the company Nashimura has long been making such. A very practical thing - you do not need any high frequencies, antennas and permissions of the State Communications Supervision: your voice is just tens of times amplified by a powerful speaker. The novelty quickly became fashionable among the drivers of Primorye - now not only an inspector from the patrol "canary", but also a simple private trader can call out who he wants from afar. For example: “Cherry“ Civic “, you have your right lower right!” …

The Japanese company responded instantly by launching on the market inexpensive ($ 35) kits specifically designed for cars: a compact, sea-water-free speaker that develops sound pressure of 40 Pa at a distance of 25 m (placed behind a radiator grill), a low-frequency amplifier and a tiny piezomicrophone attached in the passenger compartment to the sun visor. The control toggle switch has three positions: “off”, “on” and “standby”. In the latter, the amplifier does not respond to weak microphone signals (quiet conversation in the cabin, soft music), intervening only from a certain volume threshold, when the driver, anticipating the accident, switches to a cry: “Where are you going ?! Watch it! ”

The traffic police of Primorye, which at first decided to nip a new initiative, subsequently actively supported it. Indeed, accident rate in the Territory only decreased by 4.7 times in a year! On the roads, there is complete mutual understanding - drivers warn each other, and pedestrians, in advance about their actions. “Wait five seconds, commander, I need to turn around.” Or at the crossroads: “Do you miss it?” - “Okay, go first.” And how easy and safe it was to overtake trucks on the highway … "Brother, blink me right when the oncoming one is free, " you ask Nasimura’s microphone. Here it is - the main advantage of communication in Russian, and not dreamed of by American long-distance truckers: the driver of a dump truck with sand or a milk tank does not have any intercoms, but he hears you perfectly!

However, there were opponents of the speakerphone - mainly teachers and representatives of the parent committees of schools. Yes, it’s a sin to hide - our drivers are not always sophisticated in expressions, and remarks suitable for social events, such as: “I humbly ask, only after you …”, you don’t often hear “nasimur” from the speakers. But day and night, in the apartments of the townspeople are heard the exclamations of the participants in the road bickering, generously diluted with strong buzzwords. The drop that overflowed the patience of the pedagogical community was an episode accidentally shot by a local television company on Lazo Avenue in Khabarovsk. The taxi driver, rushing after the client to the sidewalk, cut off the Toyota-Sinos of one young lady - she only managed to avoid a collision by a miracle. The heart-rending screech of a young lady: “I absolutely ate, m … ringing? !!!”, they even heard in the city hall, two kilometers from the scene …

But the protest campaign launched by educators was easily suppressed by the lawyers of companies selling Nasimura, because traffic rules do not prohibit the use of additional sound emitters on cars, be it radio tape recorders with powerful amplifiers, alarm sirens, etc. Make the driver responsible for foul language (Article 158 of the Code of Administrative Offenses) ) theoretically possible, but the police do not yet have the technical means to prove that it was his "Nasimura" that sounded.

In January, the initiative group appealed to the State Duma in the hope that the supreme legislative body would amend the laws and stop, as stated in the statement, "bacchanalia on the roads." The meeting, entirely devoted to Nasimura, should take place before the May holidays, and, most likely, deputies, who often visit abroad and know how to appreciate the silence there, will also prohibit speakerphones in Russia. However, who knows … After all, the interests of commercial structures should also not be discounted. The magazine, in turn, conducts a readership survey: would you like to purchase Nasimur or, on the contrary, demand a ban on its sale? In the first thousand messages received by telephone and E-mail, opinions were divided approximately equally. The final results of the survey we will send to the Duma.