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T-Mobile Launches Android App To Prevent Texting While Driving

Android app aims to block texting while driving

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T-Mobile has released an Android app called DriveSmart Plus aimed at preventing texting while driving.

DriveSmart Plus, powered by Location Labs, is is a subscription-based, opt-in service that automatically detects when a handset user is driving and sets the phone into a ‘Driving Mode’.  Once this service is activated, it disables most texting and calling features to the handset while the car is in motion.

 

 

 Additionally, an auto-response text message is sent to the person who phoned or texted alerting them the recipient is driving and unavailable to receive calls or messages.  

DriveSmart Plus is available for download onto the LG Optimus, with support for more devices coming soon.

“T-Mobile customers can do more on their phones than ever before while on the go," said Torrie Dorrell, vice president of applications, content and games, T-Mobile USA.  

"We feel strongly that with this freedom comes the responsibility to use their phones only when it is safe to do so.  The T-Mobile DriveSmart Plus application is designed to keep our customers, their loved ones and the road safe.”

 

T-Mobile Launches Android App To Prevent Texting While Driving
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  • http://www.crearecommunications.co.uk/ KJ

    Did I miss something? It can be overridden while driving? So what

  • http://www.otterapp.com Erik Wood

    Text and Drive specifically was the cause of 16,141 highway deaths from 2001 to 2007 and over 200,000 non fatal accidents last year. For every 6 seconds a driver spends texting, 4.6 of those seconds are with their eyes off the road, which makes texting the most dangerous cell phone activity anyone can engage in while operating a 5,000 pound piece of steel and glass. If technology is going to help, it should get ANY age driver

  • AJ

    Erik,
    Your app sounds much better than the APRU. As KJ asked, what about passengers, what about not allowing you to receive calls. I have a built in Bluetooth (SYNC) in my car and would be anoyed if I could not receive hands free calls with their app. Your app allowing bluetooth connected calls to come through automatically sounds much better. The kicker on theirs… subscription fees, are they kidding. I will be checking yours out, to see if it is available for Windows Phone, Android or just the iPhone. Thanks

  • Simple

    It makes sense to have an app such as this one, for those who would actually use it. I personally like the voice text option. While the app works by disabling certain features when it senses a vehicle in motion, it does not know if you are the driver or the passenger. This would be the reason it would have an option to disable. THAT MAKES SENSE.

  • Jim

    That is stupid to have an over ride. If you have a wreck and need to call 9-1-1, you may not have the time or ability to enter the over ride info and then call. And if your driving to school or work, if they have an incident occure and text/page people to stay away or seek cover if on the grounds, they will not get it. You should be able to program it to allow 9-1-1 and one or two texting numbers for emergency situations.

    NOT FOR ME!

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  • GA Mom of 5

    I think this app should come on every phone, and especially for any teens.
    I lock my phone while I’m driving, so I’m not tempted to text anyone,
    but my teens have all had near accidents while even talking on a cell phone.
    It takes many skills to drive a car well, and to be a defensive driver.
    Talking or texting is not a part of driving, and needs to be better controlled.
    GA passed a “No Driving and Texting” law last summer, but I still see people
    texting and driving or swerving all the time.
    Having the phone in a locked mode would be safer for everyone…inside the car,
    and those riding in other cars or pedestrians. Too many teens have died while
    driving and texting. It’s a dangerous as drinking and driving!