80% of the 5 million car accidents in North America each year are caused by at least one of the drivers involved being distracted, yet our favourite piece of modern technology—the smartphone—is explicitly designed to alert, notify and, ultimately, distract. Driving is a task that requires our full attention, but we live in a world that increasingly competes for that attention. (OneTap)
OneTap is a free app that uses GPS to detect when a person is in a car and manages calls, texts and alerts that could be a distraction while driving. Ted Hellard said his company was planning to sell the app, but decided to offer it for free. Check out how it works below!
1. Driver Mode
- Manual or Automatic
- You set the app to driver mode with a single tap, or let your phone detect when you’re driving and enter driver mode automatically.
2. Set Your Drive Time
- Enter your drive time or destination and OneTap will let people know when they can expect you to call them back.
- If you’re riding shotgun, just tap the “Passenger” button and use your phone as normal.
3. Personal Assistant
- If someone calls or texts while you’re driving, OneTap immediately sends them a message letting them know you’re behind the wheel.
- In addition to texting people who call you, they are sent directly to your voicemail where they can leave a message.
4. Trip Summary
- All of your alerts and notifications are collected and ready for you to quickly review and respond to once you reach your destination.