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Sprint’s DriveFirst app – a Safe-driving Solution

The usage of mobile data is growing in popularity and increasingly more people use different type of gadgets and devices even while driving. The effect: the also growing rate of accidents caused by driver’s lack of attention.

This is why, at the International CTIA WIRELESS 2011 Show, Sprint has announced its new Android application which reduces distracted driving by limiting the functionality of your smartphone, an app to be launched later this year. This news is just in time for April, the National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

For your safety while being behind the wheel, the application locks your phone’s screen while your car is in motion, it redirects calls to voicemail, it doesn’t allow text messaging and text message alerts and sends back automated response message saying that you are not available. If you are tempted to believe this app leaves nothing else to do with your phone, you should know that it gives access to three key contacts and three mobile applications, such as GPS navigation.

Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse declared:

“As mobile data usage continues to grow in popularity, Sprint wants to ensure its wireless consumers engage in safe behavior for themselves and others.”

What is more useful, in our opinion, is the fact that DriveFirst application give parents and business administrators Web portal access to configure DriveFirst for their teens’ or employees’ mobile devices, who are sometimes tempted to break the rules and might need this kind of mobile usage limitation.

Sprint says the app will be available in the third quarter of this year and will require a $2-per-month charge for each device that utilizes its features. Meanwhile, it can be tested with other distracted driving solutions at the “Sprint Innovation Station”, in the exhibitor hall from the International CTIA WIRELESS 2011 Show.

Share your opinion: would you personal use this application while driving or would you keep it only for your teen children?

[Source: Autoblog]