iOnRoad App Helps Drivers Prevent Car Accidents
As Jeff Wuorio writes for USA WEEKEND, “Driving safety is always most important.” In his article “Apps for the road” he writes about the iOnRoad app that provides a driver with an audiovisual alert if the car he or she is driving gets too close to the vehicle in front, or swerves out of lane.
iOnRoad costs $4.99, which is more than free apps, but considerably less than expensive after-market systems that vehicle owners can buy for driving safety (systems this blog has written about). “Turn your smartphone into a personal driving assistant!” says iOnRoad.com. The app is available for both iPhones and Androids, and its site provides users tours for each. The following information appears in the Android tour.
After you buy the app, you just click it into your car mount holder. It works by using advanced algorithms along with your phone’s camera, GPS, and other sensors to recognize traffic in front of your car and warn you of any potential car accidents, according to iOnRoad.com. The app will also warn you any time your car crosses a solid line, a feature that is very important especially at night, when drivers can get tired and drift off the road, the site notes.
iOnRoad gives you constant feedback about how much space there is between your vehicle and the one in front of you (“headway distance”), to make sure you are leaving enough distance between the two vehicles. When the app finds there is not enough distance, it will warn you with a sound.
In addition, if you are driving over the speed limit, the app will give you audio alerts. This not only encourages safer driving, but also reduces fuel consumption and thus saves you money, iOnRoad writes.
The app makes auto safety into a game you can compete in, awarding you with points when you maintain safe headway distance as compared with other drivers. It also makes it easy to report something you see on the road, such as a hazard or a reckless driver. To do so, you just tap the “video” or “snapshot” icon on iOnRoad’s main display to take a photo and save it to your phone’s gallery. You can also upload those to Facebook.
iOnRoad can run in the background even when you are using other apps. And it has a feature that can automatically turn the app on when you start driving, so there is no need for you to turn it on. As its website explains, with this feature: “You’re protected whenever the phone is in the car mount holder!” once you confirm the iOnRoad icon is displayed in your notification area.
The app has a “narrator” voice that will read you your text messages, so that you don’t have to divert your eyes from the road. And it also has a feature that makes it easy to find your vehicle if you forget where you parked it. That feature works by taking a photo of where you parked your vehicle, and by recording the car’s most recent GPS point.
iOnRoad has been given the 2012 CTIA E-Tech Award, CES 2012 showcase award, and one of Gartner’s cool vendors in automotive for 2012. The app company’s CEO and co-founder is Alon Atsmon, and its CTO is Dan Atsmon.
Here is a video about the app: