With more and more traffic accidents being linked to mobile phone use, despite laws in place to restrict it, some small software and gadget companies have started to address the problem. A number of applications for download on your mobile wireless broadband could help to curb the problem, but would you use them? We have detailed a few of the services that are available for download now to help you to know if these applications are for you.
iZup from Illume Software
Most smartphones come with a built in GPS chip that allows the device to know exactly how fast it is travelling at any given moment. This ability is the fundamental base of the iZup application from Illume Software. Once the app realises that the device is moving (faster than you could walk or run) it will lock a certain set of predetermined functions, for example your ability to write a text message or make a phone call.
Unfortunately iZup has no way of knowing if you are actually driving the car, or are simply a passenger. Therefore as a passenger you will be forced to temporarily turn off the service, by using mobile wireless broadband to retrieve a password from the iZup website. A great system, until you find yourself in an area with nocoverage or course!
Costing either $4.95 a month, or $49.95 a year, this app isn’t cheap and can only be used on BlackBerrys, Android and Windows Mobile enabled phones.
Cellcontrol from ObdEdge LLC
An expensive solution called Cellcontrol may work more effectively, but forces you to purchase a device that will actually connect with your car’s diagnostics through the port usually found underneath the steering wheel. The device itself will set you back by $60, and with an application that costs $25, and a monthly fee of $8.95, Cellcontrol will certainly set you back.
Using Bluetooth technology, your purchased device will communicate to your smartphone, informing the phone that it must restrict your use of texting or calling when it senses that the vehicle is in motion. This technology will work with Blackberrys and Windows Mobile enabled phones, as well as Symbian software.
DriveSafe.ly from iSpeech Inc.
Unlike the other two applications, DriveSafe.ly will simply work based on a trust system of you switching it on once you start to drive. Should you receive any text messages while the application is activated, it will read them aloud to you so that you won’t have to wait until you stop the car to discover what someone has said to you.
The service must be switched off once you finish driving, or you can expect some embarrassing moments as your phone starts speaking to you in a meeting, for example. Once used a few times, you might find that you adjust to the pattern of switching the service on and off, but it will take some getting used to.
DriveSafe.ly might not be as sophisticated as the other two apps, however a free version of the app for download on mobile wireless broadband will allow it to read just the first 25 words of your received messages aloud. Spend $13.95 on the Pro version though, and your texts will be read in full. This app can also be used on more models, with functionality provided for BlackBerrys, iPhones, Android and Windows Mobile phones.