State Of Iowa Develops “Text Blocking” App
Okay, so I’m guilty of texting while driving. You probably are too. If not you, then your kids or grandkids, for sure. That’s what makes this is a pretty decent idea.
The Iowa Department Of Transportation has created a “text blocking” app called TXTL8R. It will be available by early 2014.
Andrea Henry, a spokesperson with the Iowa DOT, says the app will temporarily disable text and phone capabilities once a car reaches 15 mph and respond to an incoming call or text with a message that the person is driving. The app also would allow parents to monitor driving habits and notify them if their teen deletes the app from his or her phone.
A third party will monitor all information generated by the app; Henry says the DOT will not have access to individual drivers’ information.
The app will be free for any drivers aged 14-17.