We've all heard about the dangers of texting while driving. Study
after study has shown the dangers and many organizations
and states have responded with attempts to ban
drivers from using their phones to send messages while behind the wheel. At the
CTIA Wireless 2010 show, Safe Driving Systems plans to show off a new way to
prevent texting while driving called Key2SafeDriving.
Key2SafeDriving is a combination of handset software and a
"plug-and-forget Activator" that is installed in your car. Key2SafeDriving
activates when the car starts. It puts your phone into Safe Driving Mode and
disables the phone's ability to send or receive calls or text messages.
Incoming calls are sent directly to voicemail and an automatic reply is sent to
all text messages that indicate the recipient is driving and will respond
later. For safety purposes, emergency calling functionality is always enabled,
even when the phone is in Safe Driving Mode. This allows a user to place
emergency 911 and other predetermined phone calls.
“Our number one goal is to help save lives by empowering
parents, business owners and fleet managers with tools to eliminate mobile
phones as a driving distraction and giving them peace-of-mind when their
teenagers and employees are behind the wheel,” said Mike Fahnert, Safe Driving
Key2SafeDriving also monitors and reports mobile phone activity
that occurs while driving. Should a person attempt to send a text message or
make a call when in Safe Driving Mode, the administrator can receive a text
message to let them know his son or employee is attempting to break the rules.
Key2SafeDriving is available for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile,
and Symbian phones. The company plans to release versions for other operating
systems in the future. Key2SafeDriving is available for $99.95 with no annual
subscription fees directly from Safe Driving Systems at http://safedrivingsystems.com/purchase.