Sprint Debuts ‘Sprint Drive First’ App to Alleviate Distracted Driving

Sprint announced a new application for their subscribers today which is designed to lessen distracted driving.  Called Sprint Drive First, it automatically locks a phone once it’s found to be going faster than 10 miles per hour.  The app will disable nearly all functions, directing calls to voice mail and auto-replying to text messages.  Parents can choose to have up to five phone numbers which can ring through as well as allow functionality of three apps, such as navigation, music or weather.

Once  the car hits 10mph, the phone becomes locked, even hanging up on a current conversation.  Drivers will then see a home screen with exit and emergency 911 buttons to override Sprint Drive First.  Parents or account holders can also opt to receive notifications should the service be overridden.  This is helpful in cases where the child is expected to be a passenger in the car and not the driver.

Sprint Drive First is now available on all Android-powered smart phones for $2 per month per phone and will come preinstalled on all future devices.

Press release and demo video after the break.


 Sprint Drive First Application Helps Parents Combat Distracted Driving

Parents worry when their teenager is behind the wheel of a car. Sprint (NYSE: S) is helping ease the minds of parents by launching Sprint Drive First, a new application that automatically locks a mobile phone when a car is moving more than 10 mph, disabling phone functionality, directing incoming calls to voice mail, and silencing distracting alerts for emails and text messages.

“Location Lab’s goal is to empower today’s parents with the tools they need to better protect their families”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a mobile phone as a distraction (18 percent of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. (NHTSA)

How to Get Sprint Drive First

Sprint Drive First, powered by Location Labs, is now available on all Sprint CDMA Android™-powered smartphones for $2 per month per phone and will be offered on BlackBerry® devices and other operating systems in coming months. Parents get started by registering for an account at www.sprint.com/drivefirst. On this website, they will see a list of phones on their account, select the phones to which they want to add the app, and they will receive detailed instructions on how to get the app. For phones already in the market, a software download is required to activate the service.* All Sprint Android-powered smartphones launching after late Q3 will have the Sprint Drive First software preinstalled and will not require a download to activate the service.

  • Anonymous

    Does this app leave my phone’s GPS on the whole time it’s running?

    • Anonymous

      I would assume so, because it probably needs your location for speed.

      • Anonymous

        The reason I ask is because this app will drain a phone’s battery fast if it does leave the GPS on all the time.

  • phone service

    This app sounds brilliant in theory, but I do agree with rottenapple1.  There is a very big risk of draining your phone if you use this.  Still, if they find a way around this I’m totally all for it.

  • Guest

    This app is full of fail.  I don’t see how this could possible even in the slightest of ways be worth 2 dollars a month.  It would not be hard at all to make.  And it isn’t very useful.   All you would have to do is to check the gps to see if speed is greater than 10mph by taking the distance between two points and the time traveled.  Any callers are sent to voicemail and any text are auto replied with a custom app(I doubt you can even customize by person).  

    All in all it would be a pretty simple app to create and it would drain the battery because it has to keep checking to know when it is that you stopped driving.  The good news is that you will be able to get calls when on the freeway and traffic isn’t moving as everyone gawks at the accident.  :p

  • Brian Hartman

    First of all, all phones should work this way *by default*. There shouldn’t even be a separate app. People should not be distracted when driving.

    Secondly, the fact that Sprint is charging $2/mo. for an app that would be very easy to make is obscene.