Is eliminating distracted driving worth $24 a year? Sprint thinks so, and that’s why the company is offering its customers the new Drive First app.
Available only to Sprint subscribers, you’ll need to download special software to your Sprint Android devices (Android phones launched later this year will have the feature built in, with BlackBerry and Windows 7 devices being added in the future).
The Drive First app locks down your mobile phone when it senses motion (your car needs to be going more than 10 mph). If someone were to call or text you while you were behind the wheel, a message would let them know you were driving. You can select up to five numbers that can ring through, as well as three apps, such as navigation, music and weather (but not Facebook – the app is smart and knows that you don’t need that one open while driving).
You can also choose to override the app, but if teens are thinking about doing it, the app will send a notification to their parents to let them know what they are up to. The Drive First app also knows when your car has stopped, and will unlock to let you use it.
[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]