Chevrolet is launching a new smartphone app that takes aim at distracted driving. This app encourages drivers to leave their phone alone while operating a vehicle. Unlike all the other new smartphone apps being launched daily, Chevy’s Call Me Out app could save your life.
In 2016, distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives in the US, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There isn’t enough data available to prove how many of those cases involved the use of cell phones by drivers. In efforts to help reduce these statistics, Chevrolet hosted a hackathon, challenging college students to propose ways of reducing distracted driving. The framework for the Call Me Out app evolved from this effort.
“As the father of two daughters, I am keenly aware of all the perils that my children face out in the world on a daily basis, and that is why it is so important for GM and Chevrolet to offer technologies that help all of us become safer drivers,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet. “With Call Me Out we are extending our commitment beyond the technologies integrated into GM and Chevy vehicles and are making the app available for Android phone users who drive other vehicle makes and models in an effort to help people change their driving behavior and make our roads safer.”
Here’s how the app works: The Call Me Out app encourages users to enlist friends and family members to record messages, which are then used to remind them to keep their hands off their devices and on the wheel. In addition to the audible message, a graphic of a wagging finger is also displayed on the device. The app uses the phone’s accelerometer and GPS to detect when the phone is being physically picked up while traveling speeds above 5 mph. The app also includes a gaming featuring, with a scoreboard and rankings. The less a phone is handled while driving, the higher the score on the Leaderboard.
The app is currently available as a free download, though only for Android users in the Google Play Store (must be 18 years or older and have a data plan).
Source: Chevrolet Press Room