Road trip time! You’ve got your favorite playlist, your navigation app, and … a ton of distracting notifications. It’s an unfortunate conundrum that phones today have so many functions that could be helpful to the driving experience, yet directly oppose any notion of safe driving. Texting and driving causes 1.6 million crashes each year.
At the same time, dashmounts are growing in popularity. While not all are created equal, they offer a hands-free, eyes-up way to see the next turn you have to take. Although dashmounts alone are a great way to easily access the best of your phone in the car, it’s hard to make them actively take out the worst parts—the distractions.
That’s where the apps come in. With new software that works hand in hand with dashmounts, drivers’ smartphones can become a help rather than a hindrance in the car.
Ventev has partnered with iBolt Dock‘n Drive to ensure a safer driving experience when using one of our dashmounts in your car. Combined, they offer a bunch of convenient features to enhance your driving experience:
- Talk on the go: At the forefront of Dock’n Drive’s communication features for Android is the “ItCanWait” function, which holds all your text messages (and, if you choose, auto-responds to them) until you remove your phone from the dashmount and yourself from the car, where you can safely respond. Other communication features include the ability to auto-answer phone calls and automatically connect to Bluetooth. All of these contribute to a hands-free, distraction-free driving experience when you safely dock your phone. You can see what you need with a convenient vent or windshield mount, without getting distracted by notifications on the way.
- Better than maps: The iBolt Dock‘n Drive app comes with a speedometer, a compass, and can automatically launch your preferred map application when opened. With a properly placed dashmount, your phone can become even better than your old-school GPS.
- Stay tuned: On Android phones, the app allows auto-toggling of Wi-Fi hotspots, Wi-Fi connectivity, and audio output (you can route it to your speaker, Bluetooth device, or other output). It also keeps the play/pause, forward/backward buttons on its home screen, making audio controls accessible from your mounted phone.
- Everything else: Working in partnership with the Dailyroads Voyager app, you can also control a makeshift dash cam from inside Dock‘n Drive, allowing you to record any incidents that may happen on the road. The two apps work together to ensure you can easily run the camera in the background (as long as you’ve got an appropriately placed dashmount) while still utilizing the other features offered by Dock‘n Drive. The app also offers a simple shortcut button back to the home page of the app, for easy access no matter what screen you go to.
Overall, the marriage of hardware and software creates smoother and safer smartphone-car integration. The hardware keeps your phone planted in one place, allowing for easy visibility and accessibility, and the software creates extra safety measures and tools that assist with driving. Together, they enable you to use your phone safely and conveniently while on the road.
The app/dock combo allows full operation of everything you could need while driving, while abiding by hands-free laws and keeping yourself and those around you safe. And while iBolt Dock’n Drive is certainly best used with a Ventev dashmount, it’s freely available now for both iOS and Android. Drive safe, everyone!