Stop texting while driving automatically on Android and BlackBerry phones with ZoomSafer
Just introduced Tuesday at the CES was ZoomSafer. This application might be the perfect solution to the problem of texting while driving because it automatically disables the SMS and email functions of a cellphone while a vehicle is is motion. With ZoomSafer on a phone, the app uses the car's telematics, Bluetooth system or the phone's GPS to see if there is motion. If ZoomSafer detects that the vehicke is on the move, the software disables emailing and texting and handles inbound and outbound communications based on previous choices you made. For example, you can choose whether or not to make or receive hands-free phone calls. You can also choose an auto-reply function, which sends a message to those texting you that you are on the road and are unable to answer. Once ZoomSafer detects that the vehicle has stopped, the phone returns to normal functionality.
The product is available now for all North American BlackBerry devices running BlackBerry OS 4.2.1 or higher. The cost is $25 a year or $2.99 a month. A 7 day free trial is available. Right now, a Beta version is available for testing on the Android platform. Simply click on this link. This might be the most important software that you install on your family's phone-ever.
source: ZoomSafer via MobileBurn
1. ltjustas (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
omg, who would need this shit? and for that price...
3. Alex A (unregistered)
OMG, I cannot believe you even said this. Do you know anyone who lost their child because of texting while driveing? I guess not. This is the best thing ever. I would make it mandatory for every teenager to have.
2. parent (unregistered)
ahh...parents of teenagers for one i think.
4. ibap (Posts: 681; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
So will someone explain to me how this thing KNOWS THAT IT IS THE DRIVER'S PHONE? And just in case someone is too dense to figure out that this comment is sarcasm, I'll make it explicit - of course the phone can't tell.
What rot - disable all the phones in the car because people are too stupid to impose this control on themselves? If they are that dumb, let's take away their license - they are a menace in any case.
5. ibap (Posts: 681; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
And, yes I am the parent of a teenager.
But when we travel as a family - what, I can't change the GPS destination? Or use my phone?
6. NexusKoolaid (unregistered)
Aside from not knowing whether the phone holder is a driver or a passenger, I wonder how this might affect apps that rely on SMS messages to operate (like some of the many security apps, for example).
And what's with the subscription nonsense? I couldn't just buy the app - I have to pony up year after year? FOR WHAT?
While texting (and non-hands-free talking) is a problem, in my opinion this product is not the solution.
7. ErikWood (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I agree that this is an epidemic and I just read that 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. This activity produces 6,000 highway deaths a year and that number is rising. If technology is going to help, it should get the driver's eyes back on the road where they belong.
I decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver last fall. Instead of an expensive shackle with recurring fees that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens), I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. It also silences call ringtones while driving unless you have a bluetooth enabled. Its an easy way to manage that text and drive temptation.
Erik Wood, owner
8. LionStone (Posts: 444; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
yea, what happened to that built-in device that most of us were born with, called a brain? man, when i'm driving, i play music! and if a call comes in, Bluetooth! If i hear a text notification, I IGNORE IT!! works for me and it's freeeeee....
9. Mega Man (unregistered)
Actually Bluetooth usage(s) while driving is dangerous as well. I am Fira777 from YouTube.com and I promise I will make against dangerous driving videos.