From the New York Times, here’s an overlapping interactive timeline of the marketing of the mobile phone from its inception to its current state, along with the research, warnings and legislation of its usage. Interesting transition since the commercial cell phone service began, from the initial marketing of a car phone usage as a status symbol for those busy executives on the go to the current cell phone makers’ “neutral” stand on talking while driving and speaking out against texting while driving.

Click on the image below to go to the source for the interactive timeline.

Interactive timeline of mobile phone usage while driving and its legislation (Click to interact with the timeline from source)