This Clever Anti-Distracted Driving App From Chevrolet Might Just Work

Many psychology experts consider mobile device and social media addiction to be a plague of our time. As it turns out, it’s one of the strongest addictions people face nowadays.

A lot of people can’t resist texting or checking out their social media feeds while driving, causing accidents (many of them fatal) that could otherwise be easily avoided. Of course, the most foolproof method to prevent oneself from getting distracted behind the wheel is not to touch the mobile phone.

But how many people can honestly say they never did that while driving? According to a recent survey from Research Now, 90 percent of people admit having handled a phone while driving, even though 84 percent of them know that it’s a dangerous habit.

In an attempt to fight this phenomenon, Chevrolet hosted a hackathon where teams of young people were challenged to come up with ways of reducing distracted driving. That’s how the “Call Me Out” smartphone app came to life.

As most great ideas, it’s a simple one. When people touch their phones while driving, a pre-recorded message from one of their loved ones reminds them to put their phones down and keep their eyes on the road. “Designed to leverage the positive influence of peer pressure on behavior,” the app combines two extremely influential forces: technology and the people we love.

Basically, “Call Me Out” is an audible alert system that gets activated when the phone is physically picked up while traveling at speeds above 5 mph (8 km/h). To detect motion, the app uses the device’s accelerometer and GPS. It then plays recorded, personalized messages from friends or family. The app is free and is currently available for Android phone users.

To make things more engaging, “Call Me Out” includes gamification, with a scoreboard and rankings. The less a phone is handled while driving, the higher the score. Just don’t check your ranking while driving.

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  • Jay

    Waze app has passenger mode. This would most likely need the same thing because how would the app know if your driving or riding alone as a passenger. It defeats the purpose when can (as the driver) press the passenger button… cool idea though.

  • On Toyota’s Etunes system, it does not all you to use phone while driving such as for texting or navigation and with steering wheel buttons, hands free calling

    Also, Android Auto is designed to be not distracting

  • TrevP

    I am all for anything that will stop people from being on their phone while driving

  • brn

    “90 percent of people admit having handled a phone while driving”
    is very misleading. Articles like this try to equate this to 90 percent of people regularly use the phone while driving.

    Have I ever answered a call while driving? Yes. That’s not the same as texting, which I’ve never done while driving. In 2013, I got a car with bluetooth, so I use my phone hands free. However, I still fall in that 90 percent.

    If you start with deception, I don’t trust anything else you say.

    • Thanks for the comment. Before accusing us of anything, please quote the entire phrase from the article: “According to a recent survey from Research Now, 90 percent of people admit having handled a phone while driving, even though 84 percent of them know that it’s a dangerous habit.” It’s not 90 percent of all people, it’s 90 percent of the people that took part in that survey.

      • brn

        My accusations are more toward the video than toward you, but you get credit for sharing the quote.

        However, your response is pretty confusing. Yes, it’s 90% of the people that took part in the survey. If the survey isn’t intended to represent the population, it’s not a very good survey (many aren’t) and doesn’t have value.


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