Keeping Roads Safe Technologies Inc. announced that their product, DriveCare, can be used to prevent drivers from playing Pokémon Go while behind the wheel. The services block access to texting, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and now Pokémon Go while a smartphone is in a car that is driving. The service is available in both Canada and America.
To deal with the threat of driving while playing, Niantic, the game maker in the latest update to Pokémon Go added a dialog box, warning players not to play while driving. Players have to exit out of the prompt by saying they are the passenger, not the driver. A previous update changed the scanning technique to make it less likely for players to see characters while driving than on foot. However, there is still a danger of a driver attempting to train while driving.
To further prevent use while driving perhaps the game should require the typing in of Captcha code that would be impossible to enter while driving. Just taping a button that says passenger is too easy to attempt while driving.
To be sure that employee or teens can’t play games while driving, the DriveCare service works by connecting a device to the vehicle’s OBD port and registering the phone number of the smartphone.
Pokemon Go’s popularity has already caused collisions from players who were driving, highlighting the ever-growing need for a solution to distracted driving.
CEO of Keeping Roads Safe Technologies Inc. , Angus Poulain experienced the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. His family was in a car crash in 2011 involving two of his children, a four car crash, and a driver who was texting and driving while running a red light.
DriveCare teaches safer driving practices for young and old drivers alike by removing the distracting elements of their phone while behind the wheel. This approach blocks access to phone calls, text messages and social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. Now KRS is saying their product can be used to prevent Pokémon trainers from training while driving.
“We have taken an innovative approach to solving one of society’s biggest public health concerns, and we will continue to lead the way in all matters of road safety,” says Poulain.
Available to commercial fleets and families worldwide, DriveCare aims to eliminate the dangers of cellphone use while driving and has already prevented tens of thousands of text messages from being read or responded to while driving.
Keeping Roads Safe Technologies Inc. was started in 2011 by Poulain, in search of a solution to end distracted driving by texting and cell phone use. The approach focuses not just on preventing access to a driver’s phone but by changing the behaviour of drivers to keep their phone out of sight and out of mind while behind the wheel. The company’s flagship product, DriveCare, eliminates the risk of talking, texting, or social networking while driving.