Tag Archives: distracteddriving

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.

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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.

Dial2Do and the JawBone Icon : one touch access to the Dial2Do Handsfree Assistant!

Aliph, the people behind the Jawbone suite of Bluetooth Headsets, have just announced their new line of headsets: The Jawbone Icon. And we’re delighted to announce that Dial2Do is one of the launch partners for their new “Dial Apps” concept.  CNET has provided an in-depth review of the new line-up here.

Aliph has really gone to town on this new line-up of headsets, and has several innovations on board, which they have grouped under the name MyTalk. MyTalk lets you can customise core features of the Icon headset from the web at mytalk.jawbone.com (live soon), including voice personalities, and a new range of Dial Apps – essentially one button access to some of your favourite services – including Dial2Do!

Users can log in to MyTalk and set Dial2Do as the default app to be called when the Talk button is held down. This provides one-touch access to the Dial2Do Handsfree Assistant from the JawBone – simple, convenient and safe – especially if you’re driving.

We’re delighted to be one of the Dial App launch partners for the JawBone Icon, and we look forward to bringing one-touch access to all your favourite services – email, text, twitter and more – to JawBone users everywhere in 2010 and beyond.

Late addition: in depth review from the Wall Street Journal here.

One button to rule them all : BlueTrek Concerto and the Dial2Do Hands-free assistant

The Dial2Do Team are out in force at CES this week. Our shiny new stand is in place in the Distracted Driving Zone, and we have people to meet and announcements to announce!

First announcement out of the blocks was our partnership with one of the world’s premium Bluetooth Headset manufacturers: BlueTrek. Known for being something of an innovator in the headset space, BlueTrek and Dial2Do have teamed up to launch a new headset called the Concerto, which will come bundled with the Hands-free Assistant service from Dial2Do. This means consumers can now email and text, hands-free, right out of the box.

And speaking of box – here’s how it looks “in situ”:

We’re delighted to be working with BlueTrek, and are very excited about the potential for the HandsFree Assistant service to address a real need for busy drivers everywhere.

Full details on the announcement here.

Dial2Do wishes a Very Happy Christmas to all our Beta Users

By now you might have noticed that there’s been a few things happening this week at Dial2Do. We have spruced up our website, added new content and a shiny new video to explain how it works, and switched on our paid service. We also quietly made some improvements to the way Dial2Do works for you when you phone it.

And finally, we gave a Christmas Gift to all our Beta users who have helped get us to this point – one year’s free subscription to the new Dial2Do Pro service! We are extremely grateful for all the comments, feedback and suggestions from our Beta users over the last twelve months – so we’re keen to keep you all with us! Please keep up the feedback and critical comments – it helps us make a better service for everyone.

Here’s a quick summary of what we’ve been doing:

  • New Site, content and naming: Now with added colour and cars! 🙂 We’ll be promoting the service as the Handsfree Assistant for drivers in 2010 and beyond.  There’s a new area to help you learn more about Dial2Do before you try it. Complete with shiny new video!
  • Payments: Dial2Do now has a free service and a Pro Service. When you sign up for the free service, you get one month of the Pro service to let you get a feel for what it can do for you. At the end of the month, if you’re not convinced, you can stay with the free service, which lets you manage your reminders (one of our most popular services). The Pro service costs either $3.99 a month, or $39.99 for the year, and lets you use everything Dial2Do has to offer. Full details on the Free and Pro services here.
  • Conversational commands. You can now speak a little more naturally if you like when talking to Dial2Do. For example, to send a text, you used to do this:

You: “Text”

Dial2Do: “Text. Ok. Text who?”

You: “Aunt Marge”

Dial2Do: “OK. Ready to text Aunt Marge….”

Now you can just do this:

You: “Text Aunt Marge”

Dial2Do” “OK, ready to text Aunt Marge….”

Full details of the new style and some of the options here.

Finally – we’ll be at CES show in January in Las Vegas, Baby! We’ll be exhibiting in the Distracted Driving Zone. So – if you want to meet or chat to the Dial2Do Team at the event, please drop a line.