Is Simply Discouraging Distracted Driving Enough?

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Hey there!

You may know that I have an app called Rehearsal® Pro that helps actors learn their lines. In a nutshell, you record your scenes, and then you rehearse over and over again until you have the lines down cold.

Now, I know that the actors that use my app “stay fresh” on their way to whatever event they’ve been preparing for, like an audition, or a stage rehearsal, in the car, with the app. We allow the app to connect to your car’s Bluetooth, and we recently added a Car Play Mode similar to what the Audible app has.

When I sent out a note to the Rehearsal® Pro users that this option was now available, I wasn’t expecting such a huge barrage of thank you and kudos for making this mode an option.

Nor was I expecting one commenter who was anything but grateful.

Hope this helps!


David

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  1. We all have so much to get done every day, and we really need to be able to work on the way to our destinations, and be safe while doing so. The obvious solution is for Congress to mandate a free personal chauffeur for everyone, to be available 24x7x365. (I’m a little worried some legislator might see this and think it’s a great idea.)

    Seriously, though–kudos to you, David, for making the improvement.

    There is also the truth that just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Creators of conveniences are not responsible for the behavior of their invention’s users. As a regular highway commuter for many years, I’ve seen people doing everything from reading a fully open newspaper to eating breakfast cereal–bowl, spoon and all–while driving. Obviously, the New York Times and General Mills aren’t responsible for such foolishness. Moreover, if a newspaper publisher came up with an app that read the news out loud, it would be heralded as a boon to safety for busy drivers (while also being loudly denounced by the radio news industry, incidentally).

  2. I agree with your viewpoint in this video. It’s great that you made the app safer. Thanks for the video David 🙂

    AMA Question: Do you have any plans to make Rehearsal Pro for Android?

  3. I had no idea that the car mode was there until this video. I feel it will make my drives to auditions safer because there are only 3 BIG buttons!

  4. Hi David. I completely understand your point. One suggestion though, if I may: I think the solution might be in the CAR icon to access this mode. What about calling it “easy mode”, or “easy access”, or “simple view” or whatever you think is good and simply replacing the car icon for another one that you think illustrates that mode. That way, people still know what it does and will probably use it in their cars in a safer way, but you’re not directly suggesting that they use it while driving. Hope you like this idea =)

  5. Yeah, tough one. I may have called it something else, as Javier mentioned, as even using the app on a bus or train presents some challenge at times.
    What I do: I set my app to play while parked, and yet sometimes a phone call will interrupt the play and not allow it to continue unless I prompt it again. In Canada, we are not allowed to touch a phone at all. The law does not consider it like a radio. Some people get charged for having the phone in sight, or in reach, even though they may not be touching it.
    But the safety aspect, and having people lose their lives because of someone’s “need” (it’s not a need) to “connect” (and it’s not truly connecting) is disastrous. And it is not your responsibility. You have made your position clear. People will do what they do, and they will not do what they will not do.

    To those affected, which include me (friends Chris and Margaret), my heart goes out to you.