Don’t use your phone and drive. That’s the point behind the “Call Me Out” smartphone app that Chevrolet recently launched to trigger drivers to put their phone down while they drive. According to a recent Research Now survey, 84 percent of people admit that distracted driving while handling a phone is dangerous, yet 90 percent of drivers have done it.
The app came to be after Chevrolet hosted a hackathon where teams of young people were challenged to come up with new ideas to keep drivers from being distracted by their phones.
Users of the “Call Me Out” smartphone app, invite their friends and family members to record positive messages for them to remind them not to use their phones while driving. According to Chevrolet “Call Me Out combines two extremely influential forces — technology and the people we love — to change distracted driving behavior. The smartphone app is designed to leverage the positive influence of peer pressure on behavior.”
“As the father of two daughters, I am keenly aware of all the perils that my children face out in the world on a daily basis, and that is why it is so important for GM and Chevrolet to offer technologies that help all of us become safer drivers,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet. “With Call Me Out we are extending our commitment beyond the technologies integrated into GM and Chevy vehicles and are making the #app available for Android phone users who drive other vehicle makes and models in an effort to help people change their driving behavior and make our roads safer.”
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