“Car Mode” discourages texting in the car, and can be the solution to hazardous driving.
It is hard to keep our grubby fingers off the phone while in driving. But with the increasing amounts of texting-related traffic accidents, designer Joey Cofone wanted to do something about it. He developed the world’s first smartphone “Car Mode,” which is similar to Airplane Mode, but a dialed down version – users are still able to receive calls and turn-by-turn directions from Siri. Should you get a text while driving, you phone will automatically send the correspondent a message indicating you are in the car and on the road.
After you enter your car, your phone will connect to the internal Bluetooth connection and automatically switch it to Car Mode. Users can manually program the feature if the car is not equipped with Bluetooth. The phone will stay in Car Mode for the remainder of the drive, and will not switch to another mode as long as you are within the confinements of your vehicle.
The concept won first place at the Command X contest during the American Institute of Graphic Arts design conference last month. While this app is still in its early planning stages, Cofone is looking to embed the feature within iOS 7. Apple has yet to make a decision on the future of Car Mode and whether or not they will incorporate it into their iOS. In addition a prospective partnership with Apple, Cofone is also enthusiastic to develop relationships with car-insurance firms, so they can offer rewards to safe drivers who use Car Mode.
The alarming deaths each year from texting is something the public needs to address, and if Car Mode makes its debut in the near future, the roads might just be that much safer.