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Sprint launches Drive First app that keeps your eyes on the road, not on your smartphone

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Sprint launches Drive First app that keeps your eyes on the road, not on your smartphone
Probably not everyone is willing to admit it, but the majority of drivers often tend to reach for their handsets while driving even though they are aware of the potential risks. Sprint, however, is now actively putting effort in making the roads a safer place by launching the Drive First app, which limits your smartphone's functionality when it senses that you are behind the wheel.

By using your handset's GPS radio, Drive First detects when the vehicle is in motion and locks the device once its speed exceeds 10 miles per hour. While in “Driving Mode”, all incoming call get forwarded to voicemail while both email and text message alerts get silenced. At the same time, a notification informs your parents or your spouse that you are behind the wheel. Once the vehicle has come to a stop, all restrictions that the app has imposed are lifted.

While young and inexperienced drivers might find Drive First a bit annoying, their parents will probably feel much better knowing that their kid is being a responsible driver and does not get distracted while driving. If you find the app practical, $2 per month is what the service costs. However, Sprint is offering a 15-day free trial for a limited time so feel free to check it out before you subscribe. 

source: Sprint via PCMag

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posted on 14 Sep 2011, 07:32 2

1. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

good idea for teenagers, but kids should be able to talk/text as a passenger...

...or on a bus, train, plane, boat, any other moving vehicle that goes over 10mph

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 07:50 3

2. vantenkiest (Posts: 313; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)

Im sure there are ways to unlock.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 08:15

3. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

But wait.... isn't this idea constantly giving information to Sprint which can track your location, sell it to the highest bidder to create the stalker of Sprint's choice, and send your privacy into the great abyss? Call CONGRESS!!

Actually, I love this idea. I try to remember to set my phone to vibrate when I am driving, and even then I find myself reaching for it just out of habit. I have loaned my truck to my 19-year old Daughter a couple times, and SEEN her reading a text as she drove away. My Wife is almost as bad. I would put this on the list of apps I would pay for.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 08:30

4. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

It works off the gps? Im positive most kids no how to shut off thier gps........

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 08:35 1

5. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

Well, i don't like this idea. Next in the US, they might want to get a law saying that all phones have to have similar restrictions while driving...(that won't never happen in sweden, here you are even allowed to hold you phone while talking and driving).

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 10:16

9. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Thank the Good Lord, you all must have WAY better drivers than what we have here, Peter!! The times I visit Chicago- Illinois, St. Louis Missouri, or Indianapolis Indiana, I cheer for laws to keep cell phones out of drivers hands. They get on the phone, it is like they are AIMING for us!! :-)

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 13:30 1

10. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

wasn't it a guy from Europe that lost his license because he was using like 3 phones at the same time, drinking a coffee, smoking a cigarette, getting a BJ from a prostitute; all while driving :P

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 09:01 2

6. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Like the idea of the app, dont like the $2 a month fee. WTF sprint?

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 09:59 2

7. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

$2 to get your phone shut off?....really sprint

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 10:02 1

8. SpaZ (unregistered)

You sir are a moron. You don't like something that has the potential to save lives? How ignorant could you be! It is people like you that kill people on the road while reading a text that consists of "k".

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 16:23 1

12. dj (unregistered)

he actually thinks bada has a chance to succeed. what do you expect?

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 16:13

11. Sprintboiii (unregistered)

Yea great idea except i think our partners @ T-mobile have it for free and have had it for 3 months now and running. its called Drivesmart: calls get forwarded to voicemail unless you have a bluetooth then they go straight to your bluetooth and textmessages are replied with a message automatically. =(

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