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October 13, 2010

Spanish Drivers Benefit from Iconosys' Driver-attendant Software

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

Driver-attendant software is beginning to hit the market to combat the 'Texting while Driving,’ which has, according to US state officials, become almost an epidemic.

Iconosys, Inc., in an effort to protect users, and ultimately, save lives, by promoting safe, distraction-free driving has furthered its reach to include Spanish speakers by introducing the Spanish-language version of its proprietary DriveReply technology for Google Android (News - Alert) smartphones.

A leader in the development of innovative mobile and stationary telecommunications applications and technologies, Iconosys, Inc., announced the release of the simple, focused driver-attendant software product.

The software is available for purchase at the DriveReply portal and also from the Android marketplace. The download cost $16.95. Users are entitled to free upgrades for one year from the date of purchase. DriveReply technology fundamentals are also built in to Iconosys' SMS Replier mobile applications for Android.

Iconosys CEO and founder, Wayne Irving II, said in a press release that the product was very easy to use. Once in the car, the driver just had press 'Driver That was enough to trigger GPS and other onboard smartphone technologies to take care of everything else. The mobile phone automatically goes into silent mode, but still continues to run in the background. It silently manages all the SMS and call traffic, so that the driver can focus only on driving and nothing else.

Irving added that they were very excited to expand this groundbreaking technology to Spanish speakers for the first time, and given the increasing number of deaths and injuries in recent years caused by distracted driving, it had become critical to keep roadways safe by bringing technologies such as DriveReply to as wide a range of automobile operators as possible.

Irving is a pioneer in next-generation telecom concepts, and has led the drive to take advantage of GPS and other onboard motion technologies to build lifesaving and life-enhancing products, and to create new and better tools for wireless platforms and operating systems.

The DriveReply software has some interesting features. An auto reply is sent to inbound voice calls and SMS messages while the vehicle is on the road. It filters spam and shortcode, and excludes sending automated replies to those persons who figure in the no-reply list. The user-friendly interface also indicates whether the user is a driver or a passenger.

Iconosys, Inc., is developing a series of technologies designed to make mobile applications better, faster, easier, and ultimately safer, to use. Its flagship product, SMS Replier is a revolutionary mobile phone application designed to couple many convenience services with addressing the growing problem of communicating safely while driving a car, truck, or motorcycle.

Iconosys proprietary technology, developed with support from Motorola (News - Alert), is a complex series of algorithms and readings from the technology running on today's smartphones. This includes GPS and other motion sensors. Well coordinated with Google (News - Alert) mapping, it is in a position to provide an accurate and responsive background service.

In a related news release, Iconosys, Inc., the company behind SMS Replier and DriveReply, the Smartphone safety apps that combat the growing social epidemic of Distracted Driving and/or Texting While Driving has concluded its 18-day cross-country “Text Kills Tour” of college campuses to raise awareness about the dangers associated with this addictive and potentially deadly behavior.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard


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