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PhoneQ schedules your calls for safer driving

August 23, 2010 - Written By Chris Yackulic

A software company called Macrosoft (sound familiar?) released an app called PhoneQ.  This app allows you to make a schedule of calls to be made specifically while driving.  You set up a queue and a schedule, and then turn it on.  When the appointed time comes, your phone will present the call and you have the option to snooze (call later), dismiss (ignore the schedule), or dial.  Instead of searching for your contact or entering their number while driving, the only interaction you have to give is pressing one button.

The Transportation Institute at Virginia Tech conducted a study that found that drivers are 2.8 times more likely to get into a crash while dialing than others.  A truck driver is 5.9 times more likely doing the same.  With these statistics in mind, Macrosoft set to work in making an app to help drivers keep their eyes on the road.

An interesting feature of the app is that if two calls are scheduled for the same time, the one earlier in the queue gets priority, and after hanging up the second one will be called a minute later.

There are two versions of the app, lite and pro.  The lite version is free and has the above functionality.  The pro version costs $4.99, and includes voice-activation, syncing with Google calendar, customization of the time for snooze delay, and an unlimited queue.

Pro is here, while lite is here.

By the way it is PhoneQ like Phone Queue.  That one took me a little while, so now you can approve of how clever it is and laugh at me for being slow.