AT&T to Launch New Technology to Stop Teens from Texting While Driving

August 16, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We savour all the advantages that mobile telephony brings us. However, we must also bear in mind the dangerous consequence of the wrong use of the technology.

Road accidents caused by texting drivers have reached alarming proportions in recent years. AT&T, one of the leading service providers, has started a campaign called ‘it can wait,’ through which the company is advising its clients and staff not to text while driving.

AT&T campaign also plans a collaborative approach with app developers and car makers to develop and implement technologies which will help stop teens from texting while driving.

To avoid texting situations while driving, the carrier is asking its customers to use apps which will send an auto replay to the text messages that you get when you are behind the wheel.

Moreover, to put such ‘texting teens’ under control mode, AT&T has demonstrated a technology which will give parents real-time data regarding the dash board of their child’s vehicle, including speed, fuel level and location info based on Google map.

Parents may also ask the service to alert them with an SMS if their teenage son or daughter is texting while driving. Then parents can remotely disable the call or the texting feature of their child’s phone until he or she finishes the drive.

The service will continuously report a detailed analysis of the nature of the drive, including the improvement in safe driving habits.

Watch the demo video here.

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