ZoomSafer, a provider of distracted-driving software, launched a free beta version of its newest smart phone application. The app integrates with in-vehicle Bluetooth technologies to automatically activate or deactivate "safe drive mode" on a user's smart phone whenever he or she powers on/off his or her in-vehicle Bluetooth device.
"In January, we launched the first version of our safe driving software, utilizing the phone's internal GPS to automatically detect speed and determine if the user was driving. Customer feedback was exceptional, but we wanted to make the app more automated and less of a drain on the mobile phone's battery," said Matt Howard, founder and CEO of ZoomSafer. "After extensive development and testing, we're excited to offer a new version of our ZoomSafer app that uses Bluetooth technology to determine when the user is driving, thus keeping people safer on the road with zero incremental drain on their mobile phone batteries."
Through seamless integration with in-vehicle Bluetooth components such as Ford Sync and Mercedes Mbrace, ZoomSafer delivers a simple solution to eliminate the temptation to text, e-mail or browse the Web while driving - yet enables a variety of hands-free communications services compliant with state and local distracted driving laws.
"The original ZoomSafer app is a great safe driving app, but it drained my smart phone battery very quickly," said Harris Korn, president of Xpressions Inc. and creator of the VQ Bluetooth Car Charger. "The newest version of ZoomSafer can interact with in-vehicle Bluetooth, including our VQ Bluetooth Car Charger, to automatically activate when the user is driving, so the app no longer drains my battery."
ZoomSafer Bluetooth software works on Blackberry smartphones running 4.2.1 OS and higher, and will also be available for Windows Mobile and Android phones soon. In addition to blocking texts and e-mails while you are driving, the app can be set to automatically respond to incoming e-mails and texts with a message telling others that you are busy driving.
To use ZoomSafer's Bluetooth beta you can either pair the app with your in-vehicle Bluetooth or, if you don't have in-vehicle Bluetooth, with a Bluetooth-enabled VQ Bluetooth Car Charger available at www.zoomsafer.com.
Interested parties can register for free at http://www.zoomsafer.com/bluetooth-beta.aspx. The first 500 registrants will receive a chance to win a $500 gift certificate from American Express.