The TeenSafer app interfaces being adapted for Iowa’s TXTL8R app. http://www.aegismobility.com/distracted-driving/images/research/whitepapers/teensafer-datasheet.pdf Iowa’s Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to develop an app that will prevent its teens from texting while driving, according to a press release Thursday.

The state’s proposal for the app involves several sophisticated features, including a Web portal for parents to track what kids are doing on their phones and where they are.

The app will also give reports on driving behavior and provide a system that will alert parents when certain parameters are exceeded—at a significant cost to the state.

Aegis Mobility is adopting its TeenSafer property for Iowa’s “TXTL8R” program.

The app’s most basic functionality will be to block texts when the phone detects that it’s moving faster than 15 miles per hour from GPS input, meaning that the GPS must be active all of the time.

The app will also auto-respond with a custom message to incoming texts. In addition to allowing parents to track their kids’ routes and activity, the app will send notifications if the apps’ text-blocking feature is disabled, the app is deleted, the teen stops too fast (decelerating more than 7 mph per second), or the teen runs a stop sign.

The app will keep reports and driving trips on record for six months.     

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