Deter Teenage Distracted Driving with Smartphone Apps like LifeSaver

September 26, 2013

Car Accidents, Distracted Driving

distracted driving smartphone app

A new app is hoping to put a dent in teenage distracted driving accidents. The app is called LifeSaver and is made by a company called Life Apps LLC.

Statistics Regarding Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,300 individuals were killed in 2011 due to distracted driving. An Ad Council Survey conducted in June 2012 found that approximately 51 percent of young adults said that they were extremely concerned about individuals their age who texted while driving.

Additionally, 34 percent of the participants said that they never personally text while driving, a 6 percent increase from the prior year. This may show that educational outreach programs have been helpful in informing teens about dangers associated with distracted driving.

About the App

The app is designed to prevent teen drivers from driving while they are distracted. The app is triggered when the car is in motion. It locks the phone within five seconds and prevents the phone from being utilized to make calls, receive calls, text or email.

Parents can configure the app to allow inbound calls and GPS navigation while the phone is locked. By default, the app unlocks the phone within 60 seconds after the car comes to a complete stop. However, parents can determine how long the app would take to become unlocked, with a choice between 5 and 60 seconds.

Accessibility

The app requires GPS in order to function properly. The driver needs to have a data plan in place before using it. The technology is expected to be available to all Android users in the fall of 2013. An iPhone version is expected to be available later in the year.

A beta version on Google Play is currently available for free with a 30-day trial. A one-time renewal fee of $4.99 would be charged after that time for users who decide to keep the app.

Other Considerations

Lifesaver’s founders are developing relationships with potential partners for the app. They are considering customized versions for different groups of drivers. These relations may offer options that could reward app users for good driving by making special offers from car insurance companies available to them.

Contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a distracted driver, a Florida injury lawyer may be able to help. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at (813)-321-5757 for a free initial consultation and evaluation of your case.