Sprint’s own Dan Hesse kicked off CTIA this year with an announcement that the company will be offering the Sprint Drive First application for Android mobile devices. Drive First is the mobile carriers safe driving solution for distracted drivers. As a father, I must commend companies taking the initiative to implement features like this, providing a level of peace of mind that money just can’t buy. The application and service will run you $2 bucks a month when it’s released in Q3 of 2011 and accompanies the following features:
- Lock the driver’s cell phone screen and redirect calls to voice mail.
- Block text-message alerts and auto-respond to the message sender that the driver is currently unavailable.
- Allow access to three key contacts and three mobile applications, such as GPS navigation.
- Give parents and business administrators Web portal access to configure Drive First for their teens’ or employees’ mobile devices.
Sprint’s website states that demos will be available at CTIA Wireless along with other distracted driving solutions at the “Sprint Innovation Station” in the exhibitor hall.
Dan Hesse, CEO Sprint – “As a parent, I am proud that Sprint is offering distracted driving solutions like Sprint Drive First, which effectively helps wireless customers manage their usage, stay safe behind the wheel and focus their attention on driving. As mobile data usage continues to grow in popularity, Sprint wants to ensure its wireless consumers engage in safe behavior for themselves and others.”
Tasso Roumeliotis, CEO Location Labs – “Location Labs continues to develop best-of-breed personal and family safety services that unlock the power of smart devices for users of all ages. We are thrilled to partner with Sprint, which is once again showing a real commitment to family and personal safety by offering Drive First to Sprint customers.”