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ZoomSafer and Ford Aim to Make Driving Safer

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Jul 8, 2010, 11:59 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

ZoomSafer and Ford today made independent announcements about products that will help make driving safer. First, ZoomSafer is offering a new beta version of its ZoomSafer application for smartphones. The application can use GPS and/or a hands-free Bluetooth connection to activate a safe driving mode. With the safe mode activated, the application blocks incoming text messages and emails, though it will allow you to answer the phone through a hands-free system. It also allows users to set an automatic text reply to incoming messages. When the car stops, or when the Bluetooth connection is severed, the phone will leave safe driving mode and normal operation resumes. Right now, the application is available to BlackBerries running OS 4.2.1 and up. ZoomSafer says Android and Windows Mobile versions of the software are on the way. Ford is also concerned about safe driving, and is adding a "Do Not Dusturb" function to its SYNC software in its 2011 model year cars. The software uses a relatively new Bluetooth profile called Message Access Profile (MAP) to read incoming messages aloud when driving. Drivers can activate the "Do Not Disturb" feature, which will block incoming messages, alerts and calls. Incoming calls are sent to voicemail and text messages are saved for later viewing. Drivers will still be able to make hands-free voice calls. Ford, too, will first offer the functionality to BlackBerries.


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Jul 8, 2010, 1:08 PM

Bad Solution

No one wants their phone disabled while driving. Why not focus on integrating text messaging into the bluetooth connection? Like reading text messages over the stereo and speech to text to reply to messages. That is something worthwhile.
That's exactly what Ford's SYNC software does...

It now ALSO offers the option to block messages.
Two years ago I hit a curb while texting and driving, blew my tire and bent the rim.

Admittedly a stupid thing to do and I've never EVER texted while driving again, though the temptation has arisen.

I see people swerving all over the roads, pe...

Jul 8, 2010, 2:00 PM

what a waste of time/money on this garbage development!

how about just put the cellphone in the trunk everytime you get in the car!
problems solved!
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