Apps and Disabling Texting While Driving - Cell Phone Safety
By Marty Cox
Mar 30, 2010
There's an app for that? Cell phone apps are available that can stop texting and driving. While companies worry that employees are texting (and calling on their phones) while driving on the job and the dangers and possible litigation involved with a crash, parents are concerned for their teens and their safety.
How do you stop it? Disable the ability to use the phone for texts or calls while the car is in motion. That takes some technology and several companies are hard at work trying to deliver just the right mix to keep the roads safe.
The Detroit News reports at least a "dozen startups have produced phone applications designed to curb the temptation to use the phone while driving."
Do they work? The report notes that some are a bit confusing and expensive, but can help keep the hands on the wheel and not on the cell phone.
The San Francisco Chronicle has some examples here including one called Cellcontrol.
The report details it is a "service from ObdEdge LLC uses a $60 device that plugs into the car's onboard diagnostics port, which is usually under the steering wheel. A separate application for the driver's phone costs $25 to download and $8.95 a month to use."
Continuing: "The phone connects to the device in the port through wireless Bluetooth technology. When the device detects that the car is moving, it tells the phone to lock texting, calling or both, depending on the user's settings. Cellcontrol works with BlackBerrys and phones running Windows Mobile and Symbian software."
The system was originally designed for companies to use in their fleet cars and trucks, it is now marketed to consumers as well.
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