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  • Are You A Safe Driver?


    State Farm recently released their Driver Feedback app so you can accurately assess just how reckless of a driver you are. Now you will know if the screams of your passengers are warranted.

    The app, downloadable for free via the App Store, uses the iPhones accelerometer to assess the driver's speed, braking, and cornering. You simply start the app before driving, have it in your possession somewhere in the car, and the app gives a rating for each of the aforementioned categories. You can even share your scores with friends.

    Sharing you are not with State Farm (Yoda Reference, thought that was obvious...). They claim they aren't collecting any of the data or scores provided by the app. This means you can drive recklessly and avoid an adjustment to your insurance rates.

    The app allows drivers to see "hotspots" where their driving was unsafe. Drivers can compare two trips against each other as well. The app provides helpful tips too like: you are supposed to avoid the children in the crosswalk signs. And here I thoughtI was competing for a high schore every time.

    The app, in my few times using it, seems to provide a fairly accurate representation of your driving habits. However, I don't see safe driving scores becoming the braggarts new ammo.


    Sources: State Farm
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Are You A Safe Driver? started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 59 Comments
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post

      Sharing you are not with State Farm. They claims they aren't collecting any of the data or scores provided by the app. This means you can drive recklessly and avoid an adjustment to your insurance rates.

      Sources: State Farm
      Your english in this paragraph makes it impossible to understand
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      The app sounds pretty cool. I will give it a try this week.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Lol it would probably just be like your crazy
    1. TJ-Shocker's Avatar
      TJ-Shocker -
      Sounds like a cool app. Can you give articles a quick proof read before publishing?
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
      Sharing you are not with State Farm. They claims they aren't collecting any of the data or scores provided by the app.
      Have we learned nothing from apple after locationgate?
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      People make mistakes ok? Thanks
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      Hmmm I don't know why would they make this app if there not getting anything out of it? I think they might be keeping track of how you drive so if anything ever happens (which god forbid nothing does) they would bring up your info noticed you downloaded there app look at your driving scores and be like yup it was his fault so we can't cover his full claim only a small percent of it.

      Any who I don't have state farm so I could careless about this app.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Honest to god what are the standards of becoming a writer here now...? PLEASE check what you write before publishing it.

      On another note, this app seems interesting.
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Don't think I'd trust it. More than 5% of Android apps send user information and contact info without the users knowledge. Not sure what it's at for the iPhone but unless you really read the TOS agreement and know for a fact that it's not collecting any information, I'd avoid it. Just because you don't have State Farm doesn't mean they wouldn't share the information with others or save it for future use if you did switch to them at some point.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      What it actually monitors is how many texts you send and calls you take while you're driving.
    1. Pyro_Teknic's Avatar
      Pyro_Teknic -
      haha my friend showed me this and now were having competitions to see who can get the worst score
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by Str4y View Post
      People make mistakes ok? Thanks
      Are you talking about your driving or something else?
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pyro_Teknic View Post
      haha my friend showed me this and now were having competitions to see who can get the worst score
      haha... im glad im not the only person that thought that way! Cool use of the accelerometer tho nonetheless. Gonna download now. We should all post our scores!
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      I don't have State Farm but you can be damn sure I'm going to download this and have it turned on during my next visit to autocross or willow springs/buttonwillow.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Sand View Post
      Are you talking about your driving or something else?
      No lol many people are talking about Phillip. I'm 14 I shouldn't even be driving.
    1. Phillip Swanson's Avatar
      Phillip Swanson -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Your english in this paragraph makes it impossible to understand
      Yoda reference. Sorry a little pop culture fun was beyond your complex grasp of the English vernacular.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      I think he knows what he's saying lol.
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pyro_Teknic View Post
      haha my friend showed me this and now were having competitions to see who can get the worst score
      This is EXACTLY what I thought this app would create. Competitive dbags driving even more wrecklessly on the roads because they're just douches. Thanks for confirming this, and no, it's not cool to drive around trying to see how bad you can be.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
      Yoda reference. Sorry a little pop culture fun was beyond your complex grasp of the English vernacular.
      I got the first part as a Yoda reference. Then you just kinda got carried away with the bad grammar. Still entertaining though.

      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
      Sharing you are not with State Farm. They claims they aren't collecting any of the data or scores provided by the app. This mean you can drive recklessly and avoid an adjustment to your insurance rates.

      The app provides helpful tips too like: you are supposed to avoid the children in the crosswalk signs. And here I thoughtI was competing for a high schore every time.
      Children are in the crosswalk and you should avoid them. You should probably also avoid the signs but I'm pretty sure the fine is lower if you hit a sign than if you hit a child.

      I think this is what he meant about the bad english part of the article. Mind you this is pre-edit. The internet has ways of preserving mistakes though
    1. spider_romeo's Avatar
      spider_romeo -
      15 minutes can save you 15%