App monitors texting, other dangerous vehicle movements

A new iPhone and Android app from Dangerous Decisions can monitor texting or phone use when a vehicle is in motion. The app also can monitor and record driving behavior associated with excessive turns or speeds, quick acceleration, or sudden braking, the company said.

The program, App4Drivers, can notify drivers or managers when it detects dangerous behavior. App4Drivers creates a trip report and a map showing where driving performance exceeds desired set levels for speed, braking, turning, and for cell phone use. The map can be automatically transmitted to any location.

The program has touchscreen-driven menus that document acceleration, braking, cornering and speed in real time. According to Dangerous Decisions, once desired set points are entered, the program records the speed and calculates the G forces experienced by the driver.

Text messages can be sent whenever a vehicle crosses its G force parameters. E-mail notifications are sent after a recorded trip and provide all the data gathered for that trip.

App4Drivers also provides users a list of the set points, summary of violations and peak speed reached if speed set point were exceeded, the ID of the vehicle driven and a detailed list of any violations for that trip.

The app is available for download in the Apple iTunes Store.

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