Have you heard, Chevrolet is launching a new smartphone app to help remind drivers to put down their phones and keep their eyes on the road? Unlike all the new apps being developed these days, the Call Me Out app could save your life!
Did you know that each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver? According to a recent Research Now survey, 84 percent of people admit that distracted driving while handling a phone is dangerous, yet 90 percent of drivers have done it, GM said in a media statement.
To help find a solution to distracted driving, Chevrolet partnered with students from Wayne State University. These students participated in a hackathon, hosted by Chevrolet, to propose ways to reduce distracted driving. This is how the framework for the Call Me Out app was born.
“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 . . ..” – Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet
How does “Call Me Out” work?
Once you’ve installed the app, it uses you cell phone’s accelerometer and GPS to detect when the phone is being picked up while the vehicle is traveling above than 5 mph. The 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. At the same time as audible message, a wagging finger graphic is displayed on the screen. The Call Me Out app also includes a gaming feature along with a scoreboard and rankings. The less a phone is handled while driving, the higher your score on the Leaderboard.
“Chevy’s Call Me Out app gives drivers another great tool to reinforce good driving behaviors — and as a mom of a teenage daughter, I personally know how important it is to model good driving behaviors and encourage others to do the same.” – Tricia Morrow, Chevy safety engineer
The Call Me Out 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).