Everyone knows that you shouldn’t text and drive, but the truth is that sometimes it can be tempting to sneak a peak at the screen on a straight road or at a traffic light. In a survey conducted on behalf of Samsung, many users contributed their text-driving behaviour to feeling ‘social pressure’ to always be available on their phone.
With this in mind, they have developed a new app to take the temptation away called In-Traffic Reply. The app uses your phone’s sensors and GPS to determine when you’re driving, and if you receive a message or a call, will autoreply with no need for you to look at the screen. You can choose between the sensible, auto-reply “I’m driving, so I cannot answer at the moment”, a fun animated GIF, or write your own custom message.
An app like this should be a welcome addition for any users of mobile phones in Spain, as the rules for mobile use while driving are very strict. It is illegal to call, text, and even to use the controls on a Satnav while the vehicle is moving. An app like this could not only save lives, but also save drivers from fines.
The beta version of the In-Traffic Reply is currently being tested in the Netherlands. How it distinguishes between driver and passenger, or between someone in a car or on a bus, we’re not sure! However, Samsung has hundreds of users testing the beta version, so any wrinkles will be ironed out before the app launches fully in mid-May.