With how powerful and amusing smartphones have become, it's sometimes hard to put the device down – even while driving, for some folks.
Texting while driving is allegedly more dangerous than drunk driving, but unlike the latter, texting can be put aside while behind the wheel.
We've all seen those gruesome hands-free apps that usually only work when they want to – and even when they do, it's usually a hassle to put up with the lack of functionality they provide.
1on2 has derived a solution that works across Android (News - Alert), Blackberry and iDevices, which aims to take some of the headache out of using that phone while driving. The cloud-based OneProtect app provides smartphone wielding drivers with a practical and easy-to-use interface that ensures their safety through preventing any hands-on use while on the road.
What sets this product apart from its competitors is its patented Verification Test, which determines whether or not the user is actually driving, or just along for the ride. When activated, the app doesn't allow the user to do anything on their phone unless it's available in hands-free mode – which is a little different than competing apps on the market.
With services like T-Mobile's (News - Alert) DriveSmart, the user can easily just hit the home button and get right back on Twitter (News - Alert) and Facebook – which is great for the driver who has to be in complete control of the device at all times, but doesn't do a whole lot to prevent phone-related accidents.
"We know companies are very concerned about keeping their drivers from engaging in risky habits and when we launch our product for consumers in Summer 2012, parents will want to do the same for their teenage drivers,” said Ciaran Hynes, CEO at 1on2 Technologies.
Businesses can already use 1on2's BizProtect app, and OneProtect for consumers will be available this summer, both with free trials coming out soon. 1On2 will be giving a demonstration at Booth 5343 in Hall F at the Enterprise Ireland (News - Alert) Pavilion during CTIA May 8 through 10.
Edited by Braden Becker