Talking on Phone: Distracted Driving and Drive Score

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Everyone knows texting while driving is bad, but distracted driving including talking on the phone while driving is very dangerous. I'd love to see a feature that monitors, prevents, or scores me based on phone use in the car. For example, capturing time talking on the phone and lowering the drive score accordingly. Right now you track time over 70mph. It be great to see total phone talking time while driving as well. A short call may not lower your score that much, but a 2 hour conference call while driving should. This would help make all automatic drivers safer. And as a business owner I don't want my sales team talking on the phone while driving, because it is a huge insurance liability. Here is the CDC's website with some of the research on distracted driving: http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety...
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Joe Zatkoff

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Posted 3 years ago

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HI Joe, head of product here. 

Thanks so much for the idea! Distracted driving is a terrible thing and I'd love to help reduce it. If you happen to be on Android, we already do let you block calls and texts!  Haven't figure out how to outsmart iOS's constraints though, as you're not given access to the other parts of the phone.

I really like the idea of phone usage working into a distraction score, should we ever develop one.  As point of clarity, the current score is a reflection of fuel efficiency behaviors--nothing to do with safety directly.

As mentioned, we've got a bunch of other priorities keeping us busy at the moment, so the best hope of getting a near-in distraction score is to have someone build a platform app using the APIs  (see more at developer.automatic.com/) that would read data from Automatic and create any scoring logic you wanted.

Cheers,
Adam

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