Insurance Discounts For Software That Won't Deliver Calls To Cars In Motion

from the so-that's-how-it-works dept

Remember how we couldn't figure out who would ever buy some new software that would stop calls from reaching mobile phones that were in motion? The (weak) idea behind the software is that it prevents drivers from accepting phone calls. Of course, it seems cheaper and more effective to just ignore your phone while driving -- or if that's too difficult, to just turn it off while driving. So it seemed difficult to believe that anyone would actually pay for such software.

Except we didn't count on one thing: car insurance companies.

Apparently Nationwide Insurance will (seriously) give drivers a discount on their insurance for buying the software. So, effectively, this is just a slightly indirect transfer from a gullible insurance company to a software company, but probably won't do much to actually stop people from yakking while driving. It's admirable to try to decrease dangerous driving habits, but this software is a gimmick, not a real safety technique.

Filed Under: driving while yakking, software
Companies: nationwide insurance


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    some old guy, 17 Oct 2008 @ 3:49pm

    I still beg to differ

    I still beg to differ. I think this is a great tool to keep teens off the phone while driving. If you think you can otherwise convince them to do it for their own good, you clearly haven't been around enough teens lately.

    And yes, I would pay for the feature on my kids phones. Especially if it got me a discount on teen insurance.

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