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New App Aims To Increase Safety On The Road

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Hoboken, New Jersey (My9NJ) - We all know better than to text or scroll through our phones while driving, but that doesn't mean we don't do it. So two professors from New Jersey have taken matters into their own hands and they have created an app for smartphones and tablets that detects whether the driver or the passenger is using their phone when the vehicle is in motion.

Dr. Marco Gruteser of Rutgers and Steven's Institute of Technology Professor Yingying (Jennifer) Chen discussed why an app like this is important.

“We think it is an important problem actually to determine whether the driver is using the phone,” Professor Chen said.

Using the blue tooth technology in the cars speakers, the app is able to triangulate the position of where the phone is in use.

“We are not advocating any particular way of using it, there are many possible scenarios. I could imagine insurance discounts if you show that you’re using the phone responsibly in the car,” Dr. Gruteser said.

The way something like that would work is that the driver would have this app on their phone which would be connected to your insurance company who could monitor how safe of a driver you are, where positive behavior behind the wheel would then be rewarded.

The duo hopes this app will help increase overall safety on the road.


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