You know that guy who just cut you off? Would it be great to tattle on him? That would really show him. Well, guess what? Now there’s an app for that. Yep, the DriveMeCrazy app let you report bad drivers and will make you feel like you’ve done your part to make roads a little bit safer.
Developed by Shazam co-founder Philip Inghelbrecht, DriveMeCrazy is an iPhone voice-activated app that encourages drivers to report bad behavior by reciting the offender’s license plate into your phone. The bad driver gets “flagged” and receives a virtual “ticket.” Sure, this might not sound very intimidating… until you find out all that info (which includes time, date and location) is sent to the DMV and insurance companies.
Even if you’re not on the road, you can still write drivers tickets – that means pedestrians and cyclists can get in on the fun. The program went live last week and drivers can’t opt out of being flagged – no one is safe from being tattled on. In regards to privacy issues, Inghelbrecht is emphatic insists the end of road-going anonymity can only improve safety.
“People think they can do bad things on the road because they think they can get away with it,” he said. “I believe that driving is one of the most public acts that you could ever do. One small mistake can impact the lives of those around you.”
Do you think the app will actually improve things on the road or can you see it causing problems for innocent drivers? Let us know in the comments section below.