Don’t text while you drive!


The cell phone is often a curse as much as it is a boon to modern society – after all, how many of you have gotten out of a tight spot simply because you had your phone on you, and managed to ring for some help in the nick of time? Of course, there is a flipside to all of this – one of the main ones being letting technology control your lives. I am pretty sure that many of you have seen people walking down the street without once looking up from a tiny little display in the palm of their hands, but somehow they can magically avoid their fellow phone users even on the busiest of streets. Well, texting while driving is another minus point that will not only endanger your life, but that of others sharing the road with you. Location Labs intends to put a stop to texting while driving with its DriveSmart Plus application on T-Mobile devices, making it the industry’s first carrier-grade service to help prevent texting while driving, specifically designed for T-Mobile customers with Android smartphones.

Just what does DriveSmart Plus do? Well, this is a subscription-based, opt-in service that will automatically detect when a handset user is driving and sets the phone into a ‘Driving Mode’. Whenever the service is activated, it will disable most texting and calling features to the handset while the car is moving, and this is hoped that it will ultimately decrease the possibility of unsafe, distracted driving. After all, T-Mobile knows that with phones getting more and more data centric, it also opens up a whole new world of interactivity, and that might just distract you from what’s ahead on the road only to lead to unspeakable heartache. Nice to see companies and corporations take up responsibility to make sure everything around us is safer and better.

This move will make it the industry’s first carrier-branded service that helps prevent texting while driving, and it will also send incoming calls directly to voicemail and prevent access to text messages, except via applications specified by the customer. In addition, 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. Of course, you can override the ‘Driving Mode’ in the event of an emergency, so at the end of the day, it really boils down to your personal choice and discipline. DriveSmart Plus can be downloaded onto the LG Optimus T although support for more devices are on their way.

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2 reviews or comments

Huh Says: January 19, 2011 at 5:52 pm

How will the software know if someone is the driver of the car or a passenger legitimately texting and not endangering anyone?!!

Edwin Says: January 19, 2011 at 6:10 pm

It doesn’t, that’s why to prevent that from happening, whenever the car is moving, it will disable all texting capabilities.

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