New Cell Phone Applications Automatically Shut Off Phones While Driving

Mark S. Mandell and Zachary M. Mandell, of Mandell, Schwartz & Bosclair, LTD in Providence, RI, write about the ills of distracted driving and how new technology is saving us, when we can’t seem to save ourselves. This information, published in TruckAccident Magazine, includes valuable details the public should know. Here is an excerpt from that article:

Research has shown that it is go­ing to take more than changing the law to stop people from using their cell phones while driving.

Interestingly, it is the telecom­munication industry itself that has tried to create a solution to this problem. Several telecom­munication companies have cre­ated applications that restrict the ability to use cell phones while driving a motor vehicle.

For example, Sprint has created the “Sprint Drive” application which is available for all of its Android devices. The application automatically activates when the phone is moving at a speed of more than 10 miles per hour as determined by the device’s GPS system. If anyone tries to call or text the driver, the application au­tomatically sends a reply letting the person know that the driver is not available. The application allows the user to access no more than three key contacts and three mobile applications, such as GPS navigation or music apps while driving.

Similarly, AT&T has created “AT&T Drive Mode” for its Android and Blackberry devices. This applica­tion sends a customized reply to all incoming text messages while the person is driving. It also dis­ables all incoming and outgoing calls as well as all web browsing.

Other applications such as “Textecution,” “tXtBlocker,” “Drive Safe.ly,” “FleetSafer Mobile,” “iZUP,” and “Cellcontrol” have similar application.

DriveSafe.ly is an application that actually recites text mes­sages and emails out loud in real-time and automatically responds without drivers having to touch the mobile phone. It is available for Blackberry, Android and Iphone.

Read this article and others like it at TruckAccidentMagazine.com. Call Lori Tepper at APITLAmerica today at 888-772-4852, to learn more about TruckAccident Magazine.  Also, learn more about putting the brakes on unsafe trucking companies online at http://www.apitlamerica.com – APITLA is serving America’s truck accident victims.

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