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Can More Technology Solve The Texting And Driving Problem?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Chalk one up to American ingenuity.
We see a problem, we try and figure out a solution.

At the second annual Distracted Driver Summit downtown, there were all kinds of gadgets and software to get us to hang up and drive.
  
Wayne Irving's touring the country in an RV, getting people to sign a pledge to stop texting and driving. "They promised they'll do everything they can to refrain from doing it."

He's offering a simple app called SMSReplier to help them keep their promise. "It auto-responds when you're driving above 15 miles an hour. "

Send Wayne a text or an email when he's driving, and you get back this reply. "I'm currently operating a motor vehicle, can I call you back?"

At the Distracted Driving Summit, all kinds of companies are offering solutions. 

IQ-Telematics is perhaps the most intense. "If I take my hands off the steering wheel, it shuts down the call," says the company's president, Mouhamad Naboulsi, dancing around between a car mock up, a phone and a steering wheel with a whole series of electronic sensors. 

Another company is Cell Safety. It's software simply disables your access to email, web and texts when you're car is moving. "As soon as you pull off the road, you can have it," says CEO Rowland Day.

Then there are companies that let you get your messages while you keep your eye on the road and your hands on the wheel.  DriveSafe.ly reads your texts and email to you. And more and more devices and vehicles are building in voice recognition from companies like Nuance Communications, which also makes Dragon NaturallySpeaking. 

Written by Bruce Leshan
9News Now & wusa9.com

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