Slow Down App: Cell Phone Disable Tech for the iPhone

By Jamie Pert - Dec 6, 2010

Ever since we wrote an article about the Department of Transportation looking into technology to disable cell phones while in an automobile, we have kept an eye out for similar software and applications that can do the job, and have found one that may just be up your street.

In our previous article, we listed potential pieces of software that could be used to stop ‘phone-drivers’ from using their phones whilst driving. Amongst the mentioned, was one that would disable the phone upon reaching certain speeds, but this did potentially have flaws. Check out the article and the related comments by reading it through first.

The majority of us who drive in our cars from day-to-day, whether it be to work, to pick up the children, take someone out on a date, or just generally ‘cruising’ listen to music whilst we are on our journey to wherever. That’s unless you are going on a long-distance drive and have to have the GPS speaker on.

Introducing the Slow Down app, and what a clever application it is. Although it has the flaw of being used voluntarily, at least it gives us something we enjoy doing whilst driving, and that is listening to music.

As explained in the video via the official Slow Down website and at the end of this article, this clever application will let you choose a song of your choice and then depending on the speed limits in the area, will slow down or completely turn off your music if you are more than 10 km/h out of the speed range. Although it won’t necessarily stop you from using your cell phone in the car, it is mostly preoccupied on the dash pumping out your favourite tunes.

Potentially, this addresses both the speeding issue and the cell phone usage issue in one swoop. So, it can only be a good thing, right?

Remember, the Slow Down application is available from the official Slow Down website or iTunes.com. Will you check this out and see if it helps your speeding and cell-phone usage issues? What are your thoughts on this software?

Source: OVK Slowdown

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Also See: DoT: Evaluating Tech To Disable Cell Phones