The “DriveSafe” device plugs into the onboard diagnostic port of a vehicle and wirelessly communicates with the Esurance smart phone app. Users, usually parents, are able to customize what the phone can and cannot do while the driver (or child) is behind the wheel.
Everything from texting to calling to tweeting can be easily disabled while a parent can still enable the phone to receive incoming calls from them or access navigation apps. The only thing that can’t be disabled is the phone’s ability to call 911.
But it doesn’t end there. The “DriveSafe” app also gives a report of where the driver is/was, what time they left and arrived as well as the average and maximum speed of their trip. It even goes so far as to report “Risky Events” such as speeding and hard braking. And just in case kids try anything they should not, the device also provides notifications when removed from the vehicle.
Technology like this cannot only give parents the tool to check up on their kids that they’ve long desired, but could also reduce the number of car accidents by disabling texting and driving altogether.
Opinions about whether or not this technology is overly intrusive will vary greatly, but it also poses another question:
In the United States, there are over 500,000 accidents caused by texting and driving every year. Instead of having to resort to technology like the “DriveSmart” app, everyone should take the “DNT TXT N DRV Pledge” and end this deadly epidemic.
The automobile accident law firm of Hupy and Abraham is taking the initiative to stop texting and driving once and for all. The firm is offering free “DNT TXT N DRV” bumper stickers to everyone and recently participated in a leadership summit to spread the message to children at an early age.