Location Labs, launched "DriveSmart Plus" app that will work in conjunction with a $4.99 monthly service to automatically set the phone into a "driving mode" when it detects that a user may be driving.
Targeted to parents of teenage drivers, the app and service are the premium version of the free DriveStart Basic app that comes with selected T-Mobile Android devices. That basic version allows the phone to be put manually into driving mode.
DriveSmart Plus is a subscription-based, opt-in service that automatically detects when a user may be driving and sets the phone into 'Driving Mode', sending incoming calls directly to voicemail and preventing access to text messages, except through applications specified by the customer. Additionally, an auto-response text message is sent to the person who phoned or texted alerting them the recipient is driving and unavailable to receive calls or messages.
In the event of an emergency or if the user is a passenger in a car, DriveSmart Plus allows the user to override 'Driving Mode'. Parents can choose to be notified by text message or e-mail when the override occurs and can view phone usage during the override from the DriveSmart Web interface."
DriveSmart Plus, powered by Location Labs, is available for download onto the LG Optimus, with support for more devices coming soon.
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