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DriveMeCrazy App Turns iPhone Users Into Citizen Traffic Police

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Do you get road rage while driving because the drivers around you simply are bad drivers? Is the car in front of you violating a number of traffic or safety laws and you wish that there was a nearby police offer who would ticket the gas guzzling, SUV pedaling maniac? Well, DriveMeCrazy, developed by the same people who made Shazam, the music ID software, will allow iOS users to report traffic violators or flirt with attractive motorists, though if you’re caught violating traffic rules while operating the app to use the latter feature you may as well get reported by other cohorts on road.

Basically, the app allows you to speak the license plate and tag the person as a good driver or bad driver, and issue them a commendation or citation. Best part? Once shamed by their bad driving, the offender can look up their record on DriveMeCrazy.

The vision behind the app is to reduce the number of traffic accidents, deaths, and injuries by creating a reputation management system.

Our vision is to dramatically reduce the number of accidents caused by unsafe or aggressive driving. DriveMeCrazy™ empowers anyone to report bad driving behavior by fellow motorists. We are a reputation management system similar to those already successfully deployed on the Internet such as eBay’s Buyer/Selling ratings. Our service will give drivers the feeling of being surrounded by unmarked patrol vehicles, and we expect to see a significant reduction in accidents as was found with the “How’s My Driving” programs for trucks. We are not big brother, but merely an open forum and database that logs what individuals already observe on the road and complain about daily. DriveMeCrazy is for motorists what Yelp is for restaurants or TripAdvisor for hotels.

You can learn more about the company’s vision and hopes that shaming bad motorists will help accomplish from their website.

Via: Computer World

Tech enthusiast in Silicon Valley enjoying the possibilities of ubiquitous connectivity, information sharing, and collaboration enabled by mobile broadband. You can contact Chuong on Twitter @chuongvision or search +chuongvision on Google+.

4 Comments

  1. John Lockard

    12/17/2010 at 9:12 pm

    What’s to keep me from falsely reporting someone, claiming they were driving erratically or speeding, etc.? From the article it sounds like this info would be sent to DMV and insurance. I see tremendous opportunity for abuse.

    Let’s say I just don’t like someone and report them repeatedly. Will the DMV or their insurance do negative things to them because of these (false) reports?

  2. DriveMeCrazy

    12/18/2010 at 5:18 pm

    Hi John

    Thanks for your question to Chuong’s article. We actually have numerous checks and balances in place to combat malicious use, and will soon manifest these back to the flagger realtime (i.e. flags will either be accepted or rejected). As such, DriveMeCrazy is less prone to frivolous reports than other review sites e.g. Yelp, TripAdvisor, Amazon, etc.

    We hope that DriveMeCrazy will provide people with constructive feedback; many bad drivers are simply not aware of the impact they have on the majority of good drivers. Part of this effort involves creating an open system, which organizations such as the DMV or insurance companies can tap into. Insurance is a regulated industry, and their use of this data for setting premiums is far from established.

    Philip – CEO DriveMeCrazy

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  4. The Skeptic

    12/21/2010 at 2:58 am

    It wouldn’t even have to be multiple times – a false report would become evidence in subsequent insurance negotiations and/or suits. I expect these folks to receive a lot of subpoenas if they have any success and perhaps to be sued themselves, as this is totally ripe for abuse unless they require EVIDENCE of the bad driving and not just a report from someone who may have ulterior motives.

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