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SafFone- A Solution for Distracted Driving Due to Cell Phone

While Driving, Stay in Touch with Just One Touch - Reduce the risk of distracted driving resulting from operating a smart phone

SafFone- A Solution for Distracted Driving Due to Cell Phone

While Driving, Stay in Touch with Just One Touch - Reduce the risk of distracted driving resulting from operating a smart phone

$3,624
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 8 2015

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USE CELL PHONE WITH LEAST DISTRACTION

Cell phone related distracted driving is one of the major cause of traffic accidents. According to U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommendation, a driver must not take eyes off the road for more than 2 seconds at a time and 12 seconds total when performing any task. Placing a call, starting navigation or sending a text generally takes at least that much time or even more time. With SafFone, those tasks take only a fraction of that time – normally in the blink of an eye

- How is it different from direct use of phone or from a system in new cars?

SafFone takes on a fraction of time to do the task compared any other method or system.

Compare, yourself, the time to touch one button with times taken for the following tasks (by touch, by voice activation or using system in a car):

       - Make a phone call

       - Start navigation

       - Send text message

Also see the comparison chart below:

Demo - How to make a phone call using SafFone without even touching your phone.

Demo - How to start navigation with just one push of a button on SafFone without even touching your phone.

Iterative industrial design efforts led to an intuitively compelling SafFone design for best user interface experience.

A working prototype (with grey and light grey buttons) was developed. Further refinement led to all-black model with reassignment of functions to the buttons.

Prototype app is developed for Android for the configuration and performing basic functions. 

SafFone comprises of a hardware device and an easy-to-configure app which runs in the background. Enter your data once and SafFone is good to go. No more interaction with the app, just press the buttons on SafFone to perform the tasks.

 There are some obvious reasons why SafFone is a valuable cell phone companion with respect to distracted driving caused by "Texting while Driving" or other types of cell phone usage.

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We have achieved major goals for the product development. In light of development progress thus far, we are very confident that we will deliver on time.

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 About SafFone

Our product vision is to reduce road accidents due to cell phone usage by minimizing user interaction with the phone, when driving. We believe that a single touch, without even looking at the device, is as safe as it can get when it comes to using a smartphone while driving. Most of the key SafFone features require just a single touch. However, some less frequently used tasks may require more than one touch. Buttons are designed such that one can feel and press the button without the necessity to look at the device, once one becomes familiar with the design. SafFone design is not attention grabber for the driver and does not distract the driver. 

Technology and Supported Devices 

SafFone employes Bluetooth low energy (BLE or Bluetooth Smart) technology for RF communication using 2.4 GHz radio frequencies. We plan to support all Android and iOS phone which support Bluetooth Smart technology. These devices are labelled as Bluetooth Smart Ready devices. A list of Bluetooth Smart Ready devices (phones) can be found at http://www.bluetooth.com/Pages/Bluetooth-Smart-Devices-List.aspx

User interface is low profile keypad with a tactile feedback so that user can feel when button is pressed and therefore, operate the device even without the need of looking at it. An extra layer of RF shielding is added on the switches to minimize RF interference with the device. 

SafFone is designed for ultra low power energy consumption and operates on two coin batteries, so you don't have to worry about replacing batteries as batteries will last years for a normal use of device. 

DISCLAIMER

Few things which are obvious but we would explicitly want to mention them as disclaimer.

Our product is supposed to make connection to your smart device under normal conditions and instruct your device to perform certain functions. There could be certain cases when device might not work as expected. Here are some of the the reasons where device might not work as expected. 

1. Too high RF interference for a reliable RF (Bluetooth) communication. 

2. Your phone does not have required services and features such as a working phone line, location service and BLE support.

3. You are operating out of spec, such as temperature and distance.

4. By virtue of developing and promoting SafFone we do not encourage cell phone usage while driving and we do not disregard inherent risks associated with this activity. Our position is that if one must use cell phone, SafFone is an option to reduce interaction with the phone. 

Risks and challenges

1. Product development involves working with partners overseas. Sometimes this may cause unforeseen delays in development and hence in shipment date. We have de-risked these concerns as much as we can.
We have built enough slack in the schedule to address such situation and we are also in contact with backup patterns and suppliers.

2. Certification process may take longer than expected. We will ensure that timely and complete documentation is submitted to the relevant agencies as soon as campaign ends.

3. At this stage prototype app developed is done for Android only. Final product will include apps for both Android and iOS. It is likely that iOS may impose some limitations on functionality of the app with the result that iOS user experience might be different than the Android user. We will evaluate all the available options that iOS allows to build best user experience.

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