Road Wars app turns safe driving into a game
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Most motorists know by now that texting and driving can be more dangerous than drinking and driving. And teens, who’d just as soon text as talk, are among the drivers most likely to have a texting-related accident.
The new Road Wars for iOS aims to keep drivers safe by gamifying safe driving. The app monitors your driving behavior, rewards you for safe practices, and penalizes you for speeding, swerving, and, most of all, interacting with your phone.
Created with teens in mind (but suitable for anyone), Road Wars (which appears in the App Store as RoadWars) bills itself as a way to improve safe driving skills. As you drive, it taps the iPhone’s GPS and accelerometer to determine your location, speed, breaking, acceleration, and swerving. You get real-time feedback if you go over the speed limit, accelerate too hard, pick up your phone, and so on.
For every 10 minutes of “safe” driving, you’re awarded coins. And you can “capture” individual roads just by driving safely on them. If the app detects any bad habits, you get “punished” by losing coins. The whole idea is to train away distracted-driving behavior.
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