This app, with only slightly different name than the previous, differs greatly on how it offers smart phone access to drivers behind the wheel. Vincent Gagnon, the app designer, explains that his app frees drivers from phone distractions while activated—shutting down phone sounds and vibrations—then, when deactivated, summarizes missed phones calls, text messages, emails, and other miscellaneous updates that occurred.
What works is that app is that it frees drivers from any distraction that a phone may offer while it is activated. Additionally, it sends people who were trying to contact the driver a customizable message to let them know that the driver isn’t available because they are behind the wheel.
What doesn’t work is that it does not offer easy access to the any phone apps or functions. Drive Mode is simply designed to shut out the phone from distracting the driver and let others knows that driver is busy.
This app, developed by TheSpinningHead, offers the greatest amount of customibility. The start screen display can be setup to offer current information about weather, road conditions, and much more. Additionally, the app offers interface controls for whatever music player you wish to use with it (Pandora, Google Play, etc.)
What works is the level of customization Car Home Ultra provides. You can really decide what this app will be able to access and how this apps will look on your phone. Also, the app has an extremely cool feature: a speed alarm. You can setup this app to give you an alert when you have surpassed a predesignated speed-limit. You also have options to turn off alert sounds/vibrations and automatically send a text message that you’re driving, similar to Drive Mode.
What doesn’t work is the layout design in the app. There are no large fonts and the display seems extremely busy. The app does condense many different functions under the umbrella of one app; however, it doesn’t seem to offer a layout that can be used while focusing most of one’s attention on the road.
Though music and game apps are major seller for app developers, apps out there that provide crucial tools to improve quality and safety of life are ultimately more essential to have in one’s phone.
The new generation of apps developed for drivers is a new important niche in the app market. As concerns about distracted driving and road safety with smart phones advances, the apps reviewed are essential tools to protect you from reckless driving habits along with promoting the safety of your driving. Apps are now available to promote driving safety instead of creating distracted driving hazards.