We all know texting while driving is not a good practice. Creating awareness against this dangerous practice is always a good attempt. An 11-year-old girl has received a cash award of $20,000 for creating a new app for AT&T. Her new app discourages drivers who are inclined towards texting while behind the wheel.
She developed it as part of an awareness campaign named “It Can Wait”. The campaign urges drivers never to text while driving. Victoria Walker, along with designer David Grau, created this app called Rode Dog. The app brings together drivers in packs, and it lets you know if any one of your friends in the packs is texting while driving.
Once you realize that your friend is texting, you can immediately send a barking sound to your friend as an alert. The barking sound will continue until your friend puts away the phone.
The developers expects to make the app available across iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms. Walker and Grau have stated that the prize money will be used for the improvement of the app.
Rode Dog is not the only app available that would stop texting while driving. Other apps basically rely on the handset’s built-in GPS or satellite location to know whether the drivers are traveling at a speed greater than the setting. They are mainly used by parents to prevent their children from using phones while driving.
Are you planning to own Rode Dog?