Distracted Driving

Pallavsingh - posted on 12/05/2016 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Distracted driving due to mobile phones has now become the biggest cause of teenage deaths in US. More than 90% teenagers accept using their phone for texting while driving.

To solve this problem effectively and completely, we created Kruzr, your safe driving assistant. It is a mobile app which starts automatically and handles all your calls and texts, but allows important communication to still reach you. This video shows how it works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTr9Uo9d... More at www.kruzr.co

I am the founder of Kruzr and I just wanted to get opinion from Moms on this forum on how important this issue is, do you worry about texting while driving for your teenager, or for your husband.. I would really appreciate if you could give me your feedback on how we could further improve the product.

Thanks!!

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 12/15/2016

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Not going to waste money on another stupid app that is exactly the same as free apps that already exists.

Not going to waste money on something that only encourages laziness and further dependence on unnecessary items.

Not going to waste money on something that is only in its inaugural year, has more loopholes than benefits, and that the developers don't seem concerned with correcting or even addressing said loopholes.

What do you NOT understand here?

1. As a parent, it is your JOB and your RESPONSIBILITY to teach your kids how to handle situations, INCLUDING electronic devices. You, apparently parent via "app". My sons KNOW BETTER than to do stupid with their electronic devices, so I never needed to parent via app, because I actually interacted with them, and taught them the very things you want an app to teach.

2. As a parent, it is up to you to demonstrate proper methods of phone use, appropriate tomes to do so, etc. With a proper example, children respond.

3. Finally, as a parent, it is up to you to enforce consequences for improper behaviour, and it is very easy to rescind the phone privileges entirely if your child does do stupid while driving...and it is amazingly effective.

I know more teens who put their phones away entirely whilst driving than those who don't. Perhaps the teens in my area are just more mature and intelligent...

Pallavsingh - posted on 12/14/2016

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We only care about solving this problem. And we believe our product solves this problem in a very effective way.
I will take your feedback once you have tried it.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 12/13/2016

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You still haven't convinced me in any way, shape, or form. All you have done is to create a mirror app that does what other apps and most vehicles already cover.

You have not closed the loopholes, but you don't see a problem with it, which is another reason I will be warning as many away from this product. You don't really care, as long as more sheep buy your product. Good luck with your litigation. It will happen

Pallavsingh - posted on 12/12/2016

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Hi Shawnn,

Happy to post our thoughts on why we designed it the way we did.

We started with why users check their phones when it buzzes/rings even when they know at the back of their mind that it is not safe. Because we are with our phones more than 12 hours a day and we have become programmed to automatically respond to it. It's the fear of missing out. Another reason is that every time you check your phone, it does not lead to an accident. 1 in 100 or even 1 in 1000. So, we never get a negative feedback for our behaviour and so never correct it.

So we designed it to address it on both fronts: tell the driver "hey, let us handle your communication while you drive. Just know that if it is something important, you will still get it". This ways his fear of missing out is handled. And by taking away the cue (ringing of the phone), we eliminate the behaviour without the driver having to do anything. Why this approach: habits are extremely difficult to change. If you are responding to your phone instantly more than 12 hours a day, it is very difficult to not respond to it when driving. So we take away the source of the behaviour itself, automatically, without the driver having to do anything at all by making it all completely automatic.

Now coming to the question of why we allow important calls: it addresses the fear of missing out. We believe that most users will not use the app without this. And once we inform the caller that the person they have called is driving, they take a wise decision. I understand that teenagers think right now is the most important, but we still believe that if informed their friend is driving, they will respond positively to it. And we are seeing results already. Callers understand this and act wisely, choosing to not continue more than 95% of calls. And as the word spreads with more user, this percentage will only increase. We are sure of that.

Now coming to putting phone on silent: Most people forget, despite their best intentions. . Unless trained thoroughly, like you did with your kids. And we forget because we believe nothing will happen to us. It's human nature to not think about mortality, because otherwise we will freeze and not be able to function. So we made it completely automatic.

This is the first iteration of our product. In the next version, we will be coming out with full parental control, where you, the parent can decide how the app should function, what is allowed, what is not allowed etc.. And if the kid tries to circumvent it, you will get an instant report.

Regarding accident detection: our tech will have no false negatives or false positives. A hard braking is very different from an accident and we will be able to resolve it and report only accidents.

I would love to answer all your concerns.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 12/09/2016

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So many red flags!

As a parent of now adult children, which grew up in the cell phone era, and both of them put their phones on silent and put them away while driving, and now that they have phones with the driving app ALREADY INSTALLED (and which can be found for both Android phones and iPhones on Google play already) they use that app...

Your app gives the caller the opportunity to decide whether or not their call is important enough to ring through. What teen do YOU know? Pretty much every one I have ever dealt with ( and I have worked in high schools as well as having my own kids) has thought that what they had to say was always important enough to warrant interrupting someone. That "feature" is only a loophole.

Your app "buzzes when the vehicle stops to alert you of messages". You admitted that it WILL buzz at traffic lights, which just gives the kid the go ahead to distract themselves. Another loophole.

"Automatic accident detection" will go off at every hard stop or jumped curb, resulting in confusion and wasted time for rescue personnel, which could generate lawsuits. If I have to call 911 I can easily turn my phone on. I do have to say that the only two accidents I have ever been in, a witness called emergency services before anyone else was even out of their cars. Not a feature I would want.

I bet you charge for it as well.

In this age of technology, cars are able to turn off the driver's cell phone. Check out the 2017 Chevy models. Parents can set the settings for each kid. With OnStar, your vehicle will alert emergency services without any input from you, and know the difference between a bad teenage driver and a real accident.

No, I will not be trying it, and I am headed to Facebook right now to warn others against it.

Pallavsingh - posted on 12/06/2016

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I will try to address each and every of your concerns, Ev.

While there is a chance that phone might break during a crash, even in most situations its the screen which breaks and our service will function as designed despite that, as long as the circuit is working normally. And the probability of phone being completely obliterated is extremely low. Just because we might not be able to function in 1% of cases does not mean we should not save those precious lives in the other 99% of the cases. No system is perfect and we strive to make it as perfect as possible.
Coming to the importance of having automatic emergency response services as opposed to leaving it to the passerby to make the 911 call, not all accidents happen in broad daylight in busy traffic. Every single second counts after a crash. We just want to make sure we help save as many un-necessary lives lost in road accidents as possible.
Regarding the message part, once we understand a message is important, it buzzes only when you are stopped, ensuring no distraction while in motion.
Today more than 90% kids/teenagers accept using their phones of texting while driving. This makes them 23 times more like to get into an accident.
Kruzr brings that down to less than 5%.
Ev, I would request you something. Why don't you give it a try, and let me know your feedback.
Looking to hearing from you.

Pallavsingh - posted on 12/06/2016

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Dear EV,
I totally understand where you come from and appreciate sharing your points
Our app will soon have a very important life saving feature of automatic accident detection and response to ensure critical medical help reaches the accident site as soon as possible. But if we turn the phone off, we cannot provide this life saving service.

The beauty of our design is that the caller understands you are driving and decides to just leave a voicemail instead of continuing the call. So while protecting our users, we are also spreading the message to every caller to stay safe while driving.
We have about 2000 users and we handle their calls every day. And when we say 98% calls end in voicemail without ringing, it is based on our experience and live data.
Regarding messages, our app filters out all unimportant messages. And even the important ones buzz only when you are stopped. You can reply only when your car is stopped.

We have tried to find the perfect balance between safety and users expectations. We will be available for download in the US tomorrow. Request you to try it out and share your feedback. We will take that into consideration in our future design endeavours.

Pallavsingh - posted on 12/05/2016

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Hi Monica,

Kruzr does much more than just disable. It activates every time driving starts and automatically handles all communication which reaches the phone.

So Kruzr will receive any incoming call, inform the caller that your kid is driving, and ask the caller to decide if the call is important or not. If it is important, the phone rings. Else, the caller can just leave a voicemail. Voicemails are visible when trip ends. Our experience has been than more than 98% callers do not continue the call.

Kruzr has a smart chatbot built in which handles text messages in a similar fashion: understand if the message is important or not.. and if it is important, the message would buzz only when you stop at the next signal. So distractions from messages are eliminated 100%.

And the driver cannot access his phone to check messages of facebook snapchat till he stops.

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