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A cell phone application that inhibits the use of text messaging while a vehicle is in motion.

Write an application that uses GPS to decide whether or not a user is in motion. This application would inhibit the use of the text messaging app while people are moving. Might be an issue as sometimes you are a passenger (or just out walking around) and not the driver, but something to keep people from texting while driving. Thoughts?

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    Jun 26 2013: Its a good idea! A better one could only be - write a code that inserted into a drivers brain makes him an aware grown up and responsible person! Hehe.
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    Jun 28 2013: Why take away passenger's texting ability?
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    Jun 26 2013: There is no need for such app. Every phone I know has a hardware solution. It's called "the OFF button".

    Devices are only as smart as their users.
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    Jun 26 2013: That would prevent people from using devices on a bus or on a train.

    I'm driving on a highway each morning. The traffic is not fast - about 30-40 mph, but moving. Occasionally, I glance at people around me. Too often I see people with a phone in their hand. But I also see people doing make-up or shaving.

    Reminds me of a joke: "One woman to another: 'This morning, I looked at the car next to mine in traffic and I saw a man shaving! I was so shocked that I nearly dropped my lipstick into my coffee!"

    Technology won't fix problems in people's heads.

    Here is the problem:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhYh1eZh1Ew

    There is a Firefox add-on that would prevent me visiting time-wasting web sites during work hours. I set it up to block TED. Now, how come I post here now? I disabled it!
  • Jun 26 2013: why? is my response you're taking away people's freedom to do whatever stupid thing they want. It goes on the same idea as gun control decreasing freedom as to increase safety. If you ask me that is the exact opposite of what this country should be about.
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      • Jun 26 2013: Responsibility is the big word here and there's major issues with increasing control of government to control its people. Now even if you did put up this law that enforces one stupid thing people do but it wont stop them from messing with the radio or reading a book or eating doing makeup the list is infinite. But taking away freedom means the government has more power and the more power it has the less power you have to say that there is something wrong with it and even less chance of changing it. Simply look at our government today this way of thinking is exactly what is causing so many problems people think the government should be everyone's parents because you don't trust your fellow person. It is better to do something out of choice knowing it's the right thing to do than to be forced to not.
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    Jun 26 2013: There would not only be an issue with walkers and those riding in cars but also those on train, bus, and subway.
  • Jun 25 2013: The only (pure software) solution I can think of right now is to force the user to hold the phone with both hands in a position which would result very uncomfortable if they are garbing the steering wheel simultaneously but somehow comfortable if you are a passenger.
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      • Jun 26 2013: I didn't thought of that!!! but now that you mention it, I do not doubt there will be people who would seriously consider the possibility of steering with their knees!!!

        People of that kind won't learn, so the only effective solution is a hardware solution. As you correctly point out, self-driving car is a radical solution, but it is still the only 100% effective solution I can think of. I have thought of a device which can tell accurately in which part of the car are located the phone and its user, so the phone would be blocked if it is located within the reach of the driver or the user is not sitting on a passenger's sit... but of course some people could take that as a personal challenge and you probably would see people driving from the back sit... LOL!!!