Driving home after a late-night party, you take advantage of the deserted highway to cut across the lanes in a haphazard manner. Suddenly, out of the dark comes a voice as stern as that of your fourth-grade math teacher: Bad right-lane change!
No, it isn’t a police officer or a lady in a neighbouring vehicle, but a smartphone app that will ensure you never make the mistake again.
Say hello to ‘Mobile Life Guard’. Invented by Ram Dantu, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of North Texas, it has technology that enables the smartphone to detect weather, road conditions and the risk factors involved. Hailing from Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Dantu is an engineering graduate from the Madras Institute of Technology and a former IISc employee.
Bad driving is not the only thing that the app warns you about. Even if you start talking or texting on your mobile phone while driving, the dragon lady will turn up to slap your wrist.
“The signal-processing software makes use of multiple sensors to detect what the driver is doing,” Dantu said. “The software is essentially for US roads, the parameters will have to be fine-tuned for introduction in India.”
Once the phone is placed on the vehicle’s arm rest, the app senses the person’s driving pattern — especially lane changing, braking and tail-gating.