It’s a pretty undeniable fact that using cell phones in cars can be dangerous. Commercial campaigns feature the victims of texting-and-driving-related accidents, there is a text messaging ban for drivers in almost every state, and even Oprah has gotten in on the action with a campaign to end distracted driving. However, a new app called DriveScribe aims to turn your mobile phone from a distraction into a safe driving tool. In other words, it’s an app that you are actually encouraged to use while you’re driving.
Designed for teens and new drivers, DriveScribe is a “Digital Driving Coach.” The app, available on iTunes and Google Play, provides trip views, stats and, most notably, options that notify your friends (or, more likely, parents) about your driving imperfections and violations, such as speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, hard breaking and more. Users are also rewarded for driving safely. As you drive, you rack up points for being save and the points can be redeemed for gift cards at retailers including Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Amazon and more.
It should go without saying, of course, that drivers don’t have to (and shouldn’t) look at the app or their mobile device while driving. They just have to hit ‘Start Trip’ at the beginning of their trip and ‘End Trip’ when they arrive at their destination.
DriveScribe CEO Will England told Mashable, “The ability to take the very device that is distracting most teen drivers and turn it into something that not only coaches them but offers a path to rewards is a game changer. While the app limits distractions and monitors performance, it also guides and encourages teens to drive more safely by rewarding smart driving. It’s a win-win: Parents get peace of mind and teens get great stuff when they drive well.”
What’s your take on this and other safe driving apps? Is the term “safe driving mobile app” an oxymoron, or do you really think this will help new drivers and teens drive safely? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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