Drivers Hear and Reply to Texts & Emails by Voice with New Text’nDrive™ Safe Driving Smartphone App

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Text’nDrive™ today announced the first Smartphone application for BlackBerrys and iPhones to read and reply to emails and text messages with intelligent speech technology.

Designed to help curb the increase in accidents caused by distracted driving while texting or emailing, Text’nDrive™ (http://www.TextnDrive.com) enables drivers to listen to and respond to text and email messages by voice using any hands-free device, so they can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. No other app allows drivers to reply by voice. BlackBerry app users can enjoy these features for both their emails and SMS texts while the SMS text feature for the iPhone app will be added shortly. In the meantime iPhone users can use the Text’nDrive™ app to read and respond to their e-mails.

In-car speakerphones, wired connections, Bluetooth headsets, and manufacturer-installed hardware are all supported. Text’nDrive™ marries road safety and text and email connectivity for the first time.

Many countries and jurisdictions have adopted legislation prohibiting the use of mobile phones while driving unless a hands-free device is used. In North America, 19 states and six provinces have already enacted these laws while most others are applying partial bans or are in the process of passing similar legislation. Text’nDrive™ (http://www.TextnDrive.com) offers an easy-to-use solution for drivers who wish to stay connected and avoid costly fines and the dangers associated with texting while driving.

A recent study from the University of Utah found that each time a driver writes or reads a text message they take their eyes off the road for almost five seconds and increase their risk of a collision by up to 23 times.
“Texting and emailing while driving has unfortunately become commonplace and is the cause of numerous accidents. These incidents alone prove the danger of texting and emailing while operating a motor vehicle” said Text’nDrive™ CEO, Daniel Robichaud. “We are thrilled to present Text’nDrive™ as the innovative solution which we hope will entice more responsible driving habits and ultimately make the roads safer for everyone.”

Users may download two versions of the Text’nDrive™ app (a free version and the $19.95 pro version) from the Apple iTunes App Store, BlackBerry App World or from the Text’nDrive™ website at http://www.textndrive.com/install. For more information on Text’nDrive’s features and benefits, please visit http://www.TextnDrive.com.

About Text’nDrive
Text’nDrive™ is the leading innovator in software solutions that prevent distracted driving and reduce the risk of accidents. Text’nDrive™ is the safest way to use your phone while driving and is uniquely designed for today’s highly mobile, text-happy, and hyper-connected society. Text’nDrive™ offers safe driving solutions for consumers, corporations, and government organizations.

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