Car Mode: The Solution for Texting and
By Ally Reis
November 14, 2013
As many now know, texting and driving has become a serious safety hazard for those in our technologyinundated world. As auto manufacturers and smartphone companies alike have worked to combat this
ever-prevalent danger, designer Joey Cofone may have developed a solution with “Car Mode” for iOS 7.
Though not currently an available feature, this integrated setting may soon be available in an iOS 7
update. It was designed to be an integrated part of iOS 7 rather than an app so that more people would
be likely to utilize it while driving.
Much like Airplane Mode, already a frequently used
aspect of iPhones, Car Mode would disable certain
aspects of the user’s phone while in the car. Once the
phone connects to the car’s Bluetooth, Car Mode would
be activated, preventing texts from being sent or
received. If a user doesn’t have Bluetooth in their car,
they would ideally be able to manually activate Car
Mode from their home screen.
Should a user receive a text while Car Mode is
activated, an automatic response will be sent in return
stating that Car Mode is on. While driving, users would
only be able to receive or send hands free phone calls
and hear navigation directions from Siri. Once the
phone disconnects from Bluetooth or Car Mode is
deactivated, all functions will be enabled again.
Regarding his reason for developing Car Mode, Cofone said, “It’s all about finding where the fault lies —
the opportunity to introduce a solution — and designing from there. In this case, it was the realization that
people are good at not initiating texts while driving, but terrible at resisting incoming texts. We created a
solution that, once people turned it on, completely eliminates temptation until Car Mode is deactivated.”
Cofone proposed the idea at the Command X, a contest for which contestants were asked to contribute
solutions for eliminating texting and driving. While the concept is still in the planning stages, Cofone
hopes to speak to Apple soon about incorporating Car Mode into iOS7. He also wants to partner with
insurance companies in order to track and reward safe drivers using Car Mode to potentially lower carinsurance rates as well as accident rates.