Want to keep tabs on a newly licensed driver or an employee in a company-owned vehicle? You're in luck. Thanks to software company Dangerous Decisions, there's an iPhone app for that.
The program, called Safe Driver, utilizes the iPhone's GPS transponder and accelerometer to measure and record vehicle acceleration, braking, cornering, and speed. Parents, managers, and other authority figures can set parameters by booting up the software, driving "normally" with the iPhone in the car, and saving the results.
Should one of the monitored drivers exceed any of the saved parameters, an email and/or text message is sent to the administrator. Detailed reports showing the route driven, top speed, and other violations will also be provided via email. Dangerous Decisions says the program isn't designed to get drivers in trouble, but to encourage safe driving. Drivers will be notified if they reach 95 percent of any preset limit by a flashing amber light and an audible tone. Should they break the parameter, the application will flash red while emitting a different tone.
The basic Safe Driver application is free to download, but the Pro version -- which runs $24.99 -- gives you the ability to customize parameters for different vehicles. Dangerous Decisions also recommends securing the iPhone with a cradle or dock, preventing it from falsely recording excessive movement.
There is one catch. Unlike other vehicle monitoring devices and services, the Safe Driver application must be manually activated by the driver each time he or she slides behind the wheel. Do you trust your child or employee enough to activate a self-imposed digital nanny?
Source: Dangerous Decisions