Every year in the United States millions of people are involved in car accidents. Most of those involved get seriously injured while some even die. One of the leading causes of this type of accident is driver distraction with texting and talking with someone on the phone as the main culprits.
Samsung aims to come up with a solution to let drivers concentrate more on the road than on their mobile devices by releasing the Eyes on the Road safety app. The app initially targets Singapore road users after a study conducted showed that the country ranked top in smartphone usage. It also showed that more Singaporean drivers use their mobile phones while driving. As much a 83% of those surveyed admitted to using their phones without a hands free kit while driving over the last 6 months.
Irene Ng, Vice President of Marketing Samsung Asia, said that “Smartphones are increasingly ubiquitous in Singapore, with users depending on their devices for everything from making phone calls, map navigation to social networking. As a mobile industry leader, Samsung is taking the responsibility to encourage drivers to put aside their phones while driving, and focus on the roads.”
The Eyes on the Road app is now available over at Google Play and can be downloaded right now by Singaporean drivers. A driver just needs to open the app if he or she gets into a vehicle. Using the sensors of the smartphone the app will activate once motion above 20 km/hr is detected. Once activated all notifications from calls, text messages, emails, and social networks just to name a few are blocked. What’s displayed on the screen is a sign that reads “Eyes on the Road” and “drive without distractions”. The driver can deactivate the app anytime and it will also automatically deactivate after 10 minutes of idleness. The app also rewards drivers for safe driving by keeping track of safe distances and giving insurance or Shell fuel vouchers.
This app can be used on any Android smartphone however it was optimized for use on the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Note 3.