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  • Posted By : youZingit
  • Total Awards : 5
  • Awards List: $600.00, $100.00, $100.00, $100.00, $100.00
  • Date Posted : 03/01/2013
  • Closing Date : 04/30/2013

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Eliminate Texting & Driving - $2,000 USD Total Compensation

We all know that texting and driving is dangerous and has become a major cause of auto accidents, injuries and deaths. Teens are especially affected by this phenomenon with 97% saying it is dangerous, yet 43% admitting to texting while driving.

GPS Speed Tracking

GPS Based speed tracking, which disables the phone touchscreen when the car is in motion.

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Just as car based GPS devices monitor the speed of the device and freeze the screen once the car is moving, a modification could be made to the messaging app (or any other potentially dangerous app) that enables the GPS tracking when the app is active.  
The GPS can then be used to track the speed of the phone.  Once the phone passes a certain speed, say 10 mph, the app will be frozen until the user decreases the speed below 10 mph.  Hands free apps however should stay active on the phone, but anything that can potentially distract the driver should be frozen.  
The option for an override could also be put in place (for passengers to be able to use their phones).  This presents the opportunity for drivers to 'lie' and use the phone while driving, but I believe that a warning would go far in making drivers think about their own safety. I believe that many would make the choice to wait until the car stops.
This change to the app software could be made mandatory  for developers to sell on the Apple App Store or Google Play.  Apple and Google's support in this would also be a beat way for the companies to show their support for making our roads safer.  

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