Tag Archives: distracted driving

Geekwire Tips (with hat-tip to Dial2do)

Nice set of tips about time wasting in Startups over at GeekWire. Includes the following hat-tip to Dial2Do:

But if you must continue driving, use tools like Dial2Do to at least capture the good ideas you’ll have that otherwise would be lost to the road.

We find many of our users working with Dial2Do in this way: using it as a one-button way to save thoughts, idea sand to-dos while driving. Especially with features like Evernote integration using Voice2Note, it makes never losing that killer idea a snap!

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Maryland going hands-free on October 1st

Maryland is about to follow suit and go hands-free,  along with fellow states such as California, Oregon, Washington, New York and New Jersey. As of Friday the use of hand held cell phones will be banned for all drivers in Maryland. Using hands-free devices will be compulsory for those on the road.

Distracted driving comes in many forms such as eating, drinking, fidgeting with the radio, tending to small kids in the back seat and even talking to your passengers while driving but cell phone use and texting are the most noteworthy.

A study by the American Journal of Public Health, released on September 23, 2010 found that distracted driving fatalities caused by cell phone use and texting soared 28 percent, from 4,572 in 2005 to 5,870 in 2008. A Transportation Department study showed that motorists who send and receive text messages take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds out of every 6 seconds while texting.

In addition, even though we all know it’s dangerous to text and drive, 34% of teens aged 13-17 and 47% of adults aged 18+ have admitted to texting while driving according to Mashable.

What do these stats tell us?

Yes, we’ve all done it, reaching for the phone to make a call or send a text while driving. Realistically it’s almost impossible to completely stop drivers from using their phones – even after legislation – unless they switch it off or leave the phones at home. Think of busy professionals on the go.

At the very least by using hands-free devices to send text messages or take a call, drivers can keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

The Rise and Rise of SMS (and associated accidents…)

Nice infographic from Mashable about the continued rise of text messaging. Some great stats in there, including this nugget:

200,000 auto accidents in the US every year are attributed to texting while driving.

Wow. Worth a read. Let’s be careful out there. Detail here.

Dial2Do featured on WRDW TV

Dial2Do was featured on WRDW TV a few days back – recommended as a potential solution to help to stay safe and productive while driving.

View clip here.

Drive’n’Talk : The new Klat7 powered by Dial2Do hits the stores

We announced a deal with DriveNTalk at CES in January, to put Dial2Do in to their innovative new handsfree car-kit : the Klat 7.

So let’s explain the name first: “Talk” spelled backwards is “Klat”, and this handsfree carkit understands what you say and talks back to you. Get it? See what we did there? 🙂

Anyway back to the main event. The Klat7 is an installed hands-free kit: you install it in the car like any regular new stereo / music unit, and it uses the car’s speakers to play the audio. It has all the fancy-pants stuff you expect and need of an up-to-the-minute car-kit, including noise suppression and echo-cancellation (translation: great quality sound for you and for the person on the other end of a call).

Plus! It comes with a super convenient remote control that you can put in your favourite spot in the car so that it’s a cinch to control volume, skip tracks, answer calls and more.

And last, but not least, it comes with three months free Dial2Do service “out of the box”.

After that, if you like it, it’s the regular price of $39.95 per year, or $3.99 per month. The units are now in production and for sale across the US. You can buy them online right now. They’re on special right now at $149.95 (normal retail $199.95). For wholesale interest – go here.

BlueTrek Concerto and Dial2Do : the video

Shiny new video with our BlueTrek partners to show the benefits of one-touch access to email, twitter, reminders and more while driving.

Barron’s coverage of our CES announcement here. Industry Standard here.

Some funding coverage for Dial2Do

Two bits of Irish covering on the Dial2Do funding announcement, both with dodgy, but different, photos!:-)