Texting, Testing and Driving

Try reading that headline three times fast! Better yet, try texting it while you’re driving. If you’ve installed OneProtect on your smartphone, you’ll find that task to be impossible. Hopefully.

Mashable just profiled the latest app to help make the roads safer. Here’s a summary of OneProtect’s unique feature set:

A new software suite called OneProtect, which includes a mobile app and web browser, is here to curb the destructive impact our attention to our mobile phones and texting can have on our driving.

Once installed, the OneProtect technology blocks drivers from using their phones while in motion. Once your phone’s GPS indicates your car is moving above a speed of your choosing — the default is 15 miles per hour —  it will lock up.

What sets OneProtect apart from other distracted driving apps is its Attention Verification Test (AVT), a patent-pending technology that differentiates between drivers and passengers.

“We assume users won’t be compliant, so the Attention Verification Test is the only effective check,” Cirian Hynes, CEO of OneProtect maker 10n2 Technologies, told Mashable.

The AVT first asks you whether you’re a passenger or a driver, once it picks up that you’re traveling above the pre-selected speed. If you select you’re the driver, the AVT locks your phone until you drop below the speed threshold. If you select that you’re a passenger, you’re asked to confirm that you’re not driving at that exact time, such as “9:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.”

You are then given the Attention Verification Test, which asks you to precisely tap on letters that appear on your screen in a short amount of time. The AVT is tested be essentially impossible for drivers, but doable for passengers. When Mashable tried it during a product demo, we found it difficult to tap the letters in the allotted time, even while sitting still.

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