Smartphones can be a huge distraction for any driver, especially new teenaged ones. While infotainment systems and Bluetooth technologies have helped to streamline distracted driving, and allowed people to safety check texts and review other messages, Toyota may have a viable solution when it comes to keeping drivers less distracted, with their eyes on the road. It may also help to keep parents of teens minds at ease.
Teaming up with Saatchi & Saatchi, a London advertising agency, Toyota has developed a mobile app titled ‘Safe and Sound’. In an initial step to avoid distracted driving, the app blocks incoming calls and social media posts when the driver has hit over nine miles per hour; which is just the tip of the iceberg. When the app is launched, if a teen (or any driver for that matter) tries reaching for their phone while driving, or if they go above the speed limit, the phone will proceed to play the Spotify playlist of their parents.
Auto News reported that it seems ‘bad music tastes’ may save lives in the end, when all’s said and done.
In all seriousness, both teen and parent Spotify accounts are connected to Toyota’s app and will play the teenaged list if the driving done well, or switch instantly to the parent list, if rules are not being followed.
What a cruel, yet safe, world we live in.
Still, it does sound brilliant. Should your teen feel the need to show off in front of their peers while in the car and jump over the speed limit, they will soon be sorry they did; as they die from embarrassment when ACDC or New Kids On The Block hits the car’s speakers.
It’s important to note, you don’t need to drive a Toyota for the app, but it is only available on Android phones; no Apple products as of yet. Perhaps yet another reason your teen may beg you for an iPhone for Christmas versus a Samsung.