T-Mobile application for blocking calls and texts while driving

January 25th, 2011 by James

T-Mobile application for blocking calls and texts while driving

A German telecom company, T-Mobile, has come up with an application that will offer mobile users the willpower to decline calls or texts when driving.

The new service, DriveSmart Plus, automatically disables most texting and calling features when a phone senses that it is in motion.

From in.finance.yahoo.com:

“We heard loud and clear from our customers that distracted driving is an issue they care deeply about. They want to help themselves drive responsibly, and they want to make sure their kids are doing the same,” ABC News quoted Torrie Dorrell, T-Mobile USA’s vice president of applications, content and games, as saying.

The 4.99 dollars per month application, developed by Emeryville, Calif.-company Location Labs, will be available to T-Mobile customers with Android smartphones.

When activated, the DriveSmart application determines how quickly a phone is switching between cell phone towers. When it senses that the phone is moving faster than 10 mph, within a few minutes, it automatically sends phone calls to voicemail or a hands-free Bluetooth headset (depending on which version the customer selects). It sends text messages to a user’s inbox.

Depending on the phone, the application can also disable audible alerts so that the driver isn’t even aware of incoming messages.

DriveSmart allows drivers to override the service for an emergency call or if users want to override the feature while they’re in the passenger seat.

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