Drivetime

Play games while you drive

Drivetime is the world's first game that you can play while you drive. Challenge friends, family and fellow commuters to general knowledge trivia on your daily commute, safely, using your voice to play.

Reviews
  • Pros: 

    None

    Cons: 

    Everything. Anything that causes someone to not focus on the road is a bad call.

    When we're driving, we're essentially operating a 2-ton potential weapon. Do you really think it's a good idea to draw people's eyes and attention away from the road? Hands-free operation or not, people are going to be looking at this app as they play. The screen even animates, which is a guaranteed way to get people to look at it. MOTION DRAWS ATTENTION.

    Seriously, don't release this.

    Evan Biller has never used this product.
  • Matt Kenefick
    Matt KenefickPolymer Mallard
    Pros: 

    It's a game

    Cons: 

    It distracts you from the road

    Most drivers are bad enough. No one needs a reason to be on their phone in the car. If you're a passenger and you want to play a game, ok fine. The driver has a job to do and it certainly shouldn't involve a phone.

    Matt Kenefick has never used this product.
Discussion
I think this app easily win's the "worst idea of the week" award. Talking on the phone whilst driving, hands-free or not, raises the chance of getting into an accident to the same level as driving with a significantly raised blood alcohol level. I'd hazard a guess that this app provides a comparable level of distraction to a phone conversation.
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@andreasduess @shuenw @andracoros Safety is naturally our number one concern, so not only have we looked into existing research on distracted driving but we are also conducting our own studies. The existing research shows that so-called Alertness Maintaining Tasks (AMTs for short - and trivia has been specifically tested as part of existing research) actually have a *positive* effect on driving safety, by slowing performance deterioration and maintaining a higher level of alertness for longer. Furthermore, we are seeing in our own studies that the safety effect is in fact multiplied for Drivetime in particular, because engaging in a mildly interactive trivia game in a hands-free context acts as a deterrent for the driver to engage in other, dangerous, mobile phone interactions (our university research partner calls this "double-dipping" on safety). So while we naturally understand the concern, and have anticipated pushback, we are very confident that we have the research on our side, and are on a mission to make driving not just more fun, social and interactive, but safer too!
@mastemine Talking to friends and family in person is indeed hugely different from talking on the phone and the research exist to prove it. The main difference is that a person sitting next to a driver moderates the conversation to respect the demands made by the environment on the driver. A phone conversation, or an app, does not. It's a distraction and raises the risk of having and accident approximately to that of consuming a couple of pints, then driving. From a University of Utah study: Researchers at the University of Utah found that all conversations are not created equal. There is something uniquely distracting about talking on the phone when you’re behind the wheel; conversations with people inside the car are far less distracting to drivers. Unlike cell phone callers, chatty passengers instinctively stop talking when driving conditions change, and they offer an extra set of eyes to alert drivers to nearly-missed exits or erratic drivers. “Passenger conversation is much safer than conversation on the cell phone,’’ said David Strayer, professor of psychology at the University of Utah and the study’s lead author. “When you’re in the same physical environment, you tend to adjust your discussions to the difficulty of driving. If driving becomes difficult, they stop talking or they point out hazards.’’ To gauge the effect of cell phone conversation compared to in-person chats in the car, the researchers put 96 drivers in a simulator, instructing them to drive several miles down the road and pull off at a rest stop ahead. The drivers conducted the experiment while talking to a friend on a cell phone or while talking to a friend seated nearby. Nearly every driver riding with a passenger completed the task – sometimes the passenger alerted the driver to the approaching rest stop. But half of the cell phone chatterers missed the exit, according to the study, published in The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. “They drove right past the exit without even stopping or noticing,’’ Dr. Strayer said. All of the cell phone drivers were using hands-free headsets, debunking the idea that it’s safer to talk on the phone while driving if you’re not holding a handset, Dr. Strayer noted. “In terms of risk, you’re as likely to be in an accident talking on the cell phone as you are if you are legally drunk,” Dr. Strayer said. “I see a lot of cases where instead of missing an exit, someone doesn’t see a stop sign or a stop light.”
I am aware of trivia AMT research. I'd say the outcome is inconclusive at best.
I respect the effort, but distracted driving is a big no no...
Wow this is indeed the worst product idea I have seen on PH so far.
Is there a downvote button?
I used to work for a firm that did work for NHTSA. It took us almost a decade to convince people about the need to wear seatbelts. (Yup we were responsible for that annual annoying, "Click It or Ticket" drive — but it works.) Let's hope it doesn't take that long to convince people to not interact with their phone while driving. . ANY and all distractions passive or active increase driver distraction. In 2016 alone there were 3,450 people killed due to distracted driving. People have enough distractions, this only makes it worse. Distracted driving includes, "Talking on or manipulating your phone, adjusting the radio, applying makeup, eating or drinking can all distract you from the essential task of safe driving." . BTW there's a reason why teens are only allowed one other passenger in the car during their learning period. Ever notice why we as a species turn down the music when we're lost? It's so we can better focus/concentrate. . Research or no research any time spent not driving, is time spent not paying attention to the road.