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Text Deflector App for Android Phones

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Text Deflector
The Text Deflector app is designed to auto-respond to text messages so drivers aren't tempted to text and drive.
Text Deflector is a free smart phone app that responds automatically to text messages while driving to help reduce the impulse to check messages while on the road. The app, which is not locked to a service provider, displays no ads, senses in-car and hands-free devices automatically and doesn’t collect any personal data, has recently been upgraded to include even more features.

Text Deflector 2.0 responds automatically to SMS (text) and now MMS (picture and video) messages, notifying the sender that the driver is unavailable and, as an option, requests the sender call instead. There’s now a system tray icon that shows when the app is active and a record of all auto responses sent.

There’s also an in-app upgrade to Text Deflector Premium which adds additional functionality such as multiple custom response messages, ability to pair with multiple Bluetooth devices and the ability to assign custom messages to different Bluetooth devices and individual contacts.

There are no additional costs or subscriptions required for Text Deflector. Check out the website here for more information. Currently there are only Android versions available but the company is also developing BlackBerry and Windows Phone versions. According to Text Deflector iOS does not allow for auto-responders at this time but will make an iPhone version available if/when Apple decides to change its rules.
Post Tags: Text Deflector, Texting and Driving, Motorcycle Safety
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OTTERapps December 6, 2013 08:09 AM
Text and Drive recently became the #1 killer of teens in the US - more lethal than drunk driving. I think its starting to become clear that legislation has value in raising public awareness in forums like this one but it will be difficult to solely legislate our way out of this issue. I also read that over 3/4 of teens text daily - many text more than 4000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook - even with their professors. Tweens (ages 9 -12) send texts to each other from their bikes. Technology needs to be part of the solution and not dismissed as the villain. I decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user, I built a texting asset called OTTER that is a simple and intuitive GPS based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. While driving, OTTER silences those distracting call ringtones and chimes unless a bluetooth is enabled. The texting auto reply allows anyone to schedule a ‘texting blackout period’ in any situation like a meeting or a lecture without feeling disconnected. This software is a social messaging tool for the end user that also empowers this same individual to be a sustainably safer driver. Erik Wood, owner OTTER apps (SINCE 2010. FREE) do one thing well... be great.