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Sprint will release 'Drive First' software later this year, which limits functionality while driving

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Sprint will release 'Drive First' software later this year, which limits functionality while driving
Smartphones have become seemingly indispensable tools for communication, productivity, and even safety. But the convenience of such a wide array of features greatly contributes to distracted driving, which is responsible for nearly 1000 unnecessary traffic deaths every year.

Location Labs is offering a solution, called 'Drive First', that will automatically sense when the user is driving, and limit their device's functionality. The software works by sensing, via GPS, when the user is in a moving vehicle, and then limiting their use to essential features, like calling particular contacts or using GPS navigation.

And Sprint has announced that they will offer the service on their Android devices later this year, for $2/month. In January, T-Mobile launched the same Location Labs service under the 'DriveSmart Plus' name. When the user is in the car, their homescreen will lock, texts will be blocked, and key contacts like emergency services and parents will be the only available contacts for voice calls.

You were probably wondering, "What if I'm the passenger?". Users can bypass the software's locking mechanism, but it will send a notification to the account holder (the parent), alerting them to the change.

There are independent apps for limiting functionality while driving, but Location Labs' is the first to be distributed through carriers. Hopefully, that will increase awareness and adoption, and make our roads a little safer. We all love our smartphones, but they'll still be there when you get to your destination. And if it really is an emergency, just pull over.

source: Location Labs via Textually

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posted on 28 Mar 2011, 16:34 2

1. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


LOL @ This actually working...

You can bypass the program, so who in the world is going to limit themselves by choice? If this is all for parents vs. kids it has to be one of the most non-thought out plans ever. All the kids have to say is "Oh mom, I wasnt driving so I turned it off". What a worthless app.

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 16:47

2. skymitch89 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I agree that this plan was not thought out very much because how would the phone know if it is in a car, on a bus, or in a persons pocket on a bicycle? It would have to be up to the person who is using the phone to make sure that the app/program is running before they decide to start driving. I wouldn't be able to use it because I use the app called "Speed View" which is used as my speedometer.

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 18:00

3. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


its for parents.

most parents know if their kids have the car or not. sure the kids can lie to their parents and say a friend was driving, but they probably cant do that every day.

its a great service for parents. it might not be 100% effective, but it would work a decent amount of the time.

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 08:48

4. box (unregistered)


$2/month? Per line or per account? Either way, that'll go over well......(*sarcasm*)

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