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The Future Holds: Increased Vehicle Safety

on 02/04/2014

Internet use on mobile devices has increased significantly year after year, and in the last few years the Web has interconnected everything in life, from your pocket to your kitchen. Some of the newest digital improvements in our everyday lives can actually protect us, especially when we are behind the wheel.

Connected Cars

Connected cars integrate Wi-Fi-enabled dashboard monitors, hands-free phone use and allow drivers to tap into weather reports and traffic patterns, potentially preventing about 80 percent of crashes involving non-impaired drivers, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Mobile Apps to Increase Driver Safety

Meanwhile, the market for driving apps is exploding. At least one report predicts that by 2020, 90 percent of all cars will be connected. Apps range from helping you find a parking space to explaining gas consumption.

  • Greatest Drive - If you are in an unfamiliar area, you just search for roads nearby, and it highlights and shows reviews for enthusiast type driving.
  • Siri – Can read incoming text messages out loud and convert speech into outgoing texts.
  • Textecution - disables texting if a device is moving faster than 10 mph (say, in a car).
  • Trapster - tells you your current speed and the speed limit on the road you're on in case you forgot. It also alerts you to cops ahead. It's a pretty handy little app.
  • tXtblocker - allows you to control when, where and how a cell phone can be used
  • Zubie – provides driver safety ratings, location alerts, vehicle health, and driving assistance.

Do you have another app to add to our list?  Please leave it in our comments section below.

 

Tags: Automobile Accidents, Distracted Driving

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