Wednesday April 26, 2017

Samsung "In-Traffic Reply" App for Android

I am not sure about you, but it seems that every time I venture more than a mile from my house, some jackass on their smartphone is trying to run me down while they are not paying attention to the road. Thankfully Texas just passed a law that makes it illegal to text and drive, however I doubt this will make much of a difference if you are stupid enough to be driving down the road while texting anyway. Since we cannot be trusted to take everyone else's safety seriously, Samsung is stepping up a bit with a new application that will hopefully save a few lives and road rage incidents as well. This is far from the first app of this kind, and AT&T has an entire initiative called "It Can Wait." Anyway, save your smartphone computing till you get off the road. Although I am sure jackasses will continue to be jackasses as they will not take advantage of this type of application. I do know that giving on-road texters a quick blast from a 156dB train horn generally gets their attention back on the road and out of your lane. This is our PSA for the day. End rant.

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The In-Traffic Reply app reduces this pressure by sending automated responses to calls and messages while the owner of the phone is on the road. The app will automatically activate when it detects the user is riding a bike or driving a car through the smartphone’s sensors such as its GPS. Users can choose to send the default reply ("I’m driving, so I cannot answer at the moment."), a fun, animated response, or their own customized pre-set message. In-Traffic Reply is currently in beta, and has already attracted the attention of hundreds of interested users. The full version of the app will launch in mid May and will be available in the Google Play Store.