Become a Safer Driver with Call Me Out App
Reducing Distracted Driving with New Mobile App
With access and overall use of smartphones growing each year, distracted driving has been steadily increasing, too.
Responding to texts and checking emails has unfortunately become a normal practice for many drivers; and Chevrolet hopes to cut down on distracted driving for its consumers.
According to a U.S. Department of Transportation study published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately nine people are killed each day and more than 1,000 people are injured in crashes due to distracted driving.
Of course, this doesn’t just include quick text messages, emails, or phone calls; there are people out there on the road watching videos, going on social media, and a bunch of other smartphone distractions that will truly make you feel worried each time you put your vehicle on the road for a drive.
And, as the number of potential distractions for drivers increase, so do the number of ideas to combat this dangerous and illegal behavior.
With today’s vehicles offering a range of safety features and technological advancements, like Lane Keep Assist and the MyLink® infotainment console, it was only a matter of time until the manufacturer developed something to keep drivers focused on the road.
Call Me Out App: What It is & How It Works
Call Me Out is a simple concept featuring a verbal warning for drivers when they pick up their phone.
Rather than using a robotic voice, or a human voice we aren’t emotionally connected to, Chevy is encouraging family and friends to get involved.
According to Chevy, Call Me Out is the combination of two important factors in our daily lives — technology and the people we care about — in order to change the way we drive.
Once the app is downloaded, drivers are encouraged to have a friend or family member record a callout message that will remind the driver to keep their eyes on the road and off their phone. If the phone is handled while driving, the callout message will automatically play.
Call Me Out uses the phone’s accelerometer and GPS to detect when the phone is physically picked up while traveling above 5 mph. Drivers are given a score and ranking based on how little they pick up their phone while the vehicle is in motion.
While, ultimately, there isn’t a prize based on scores, the Call Me Out scoring system helps to encourage safe driving practices.
Taking Steps to be Better, Safer Drivers
“With Call Me Out we are extending our commitment beyond the technologies integrated into GM and Chevy vehicles and are making the app available for Android phone users who drive other vehicle makes and models,” said Alan Batey, GM’s president of North America.
Become a better driver with Chevrolet and the Call Me Out app.
The app is not yet available for iOS, but it can be downloaded on Adroid™ devices for free right now in the Google Play store.