In-Traffic Reply will use your smartphone’s sensors to detect when you’re in a car (or on a bike). It will then send an automatic response to calls and texts. You can choose the message sent out, too, from three options: the default “I’m driving, so I cannot answer at the moment,” a “fun, animated response,” or a custom reply of your own making.
If you’re looking to block texts in the car now, you can check out T-Mobile’s subscription-based DriveSmart Plus service and AT&T’s free DriveMode. Auto maker Mitsubishi and wireless provider Sprint (way back in 2011) have also explored solutions to the problem. Apple has provided custom replies for a while, but they still require you to look at your phone.
The final version of Samsung’s anti-distracted driving app should arrive mid-May in the Google Play Store. Here’s hoping it prevents more car crashes due to texting while driving.