Do you ever have issues with people texting you while driving? Well now you can help to fix that with Otter, an app designed to help people who can’t respond to texts while driving. Otter is an app that lets you respond to texts while driving, working, or just plain busy by sending an automated message that’s coupled with silencing your notifications while driving by using your GPS. This isn’t its only feature though as it also allows you to set text messaging blackout periods so no text messages will disturb you in the least.
Otter used to be $3.99 but now they’ve made the entire thing completely free in an attempt to try to get it into as many people’s hands as possible. This is definitely an app worth checking out and I’ll include a download link and the full press release below if you want to grab it for yourself.
OTTER’s Text and Drive Solution now free in the Android App Market
Jun 18, 2012 - SEATTLE, WA - Today OTTER LLC announced that it will be offering its full featured OTTER app at no cost on all Android smartphones. “This is our fully functional, GPS based, texting management software in English, Spanish or French – nothing is held back,” explains Erik Wood, Founder and CEO of OTTER LLC. “No recurring fees, no need to upgrade later to a pay version. We want to get this software in as many driver’s hands as quickly as possible”, adds Mr. Wood.
The OTTER (One Touch Text Response) app that previously sold for $3.99 will now be available indefinitely for Android smartphones as a free download. “Carriers, phone makers and all other entities that help facilitate texting and driving will eventually move to include our innovations in the smartphone box. We just want that day to be today,” says OTTER Co-Owner, Troy Niehaus. Every year in the United States, Text and Drive takes 5,500 lives on the highway and causes hundreds of thousands of non-fatal accidents. A recent CDC report shows nearly 60% of teens are actively texting and driving. A driver using the OTTER software to reply to their texts while driving is 23 times more likely not to be involved in an accident.
HOW OTTER WORKS:
The OTTER software, first developed in late 2009, was the first app of its kind that integrated a texting auto reply and GPS functionality to produce a tool that allows users to manage their texts while they are at home, in the office or, most importantly, on the highway. OTTER also includes a GPS based Parental Control feature for the highest risk drivers – teens. OTTER presents itself as a texting management system for any situation. It’s easy to schedule “texting blackout periods” so you can do one thing well, like focus in an important meeting or a movie, without feeling disconnected from your personal network.
ABOUT OTTER LLC:
OTTER LLC is a Seattle-based software company dedicated to making cell phone usage safer and more efficient. This company revolves around personal responsibility and the belief that if you empower an individual with a social networking asset like OTTER, this individual will manage their texts on their terms whether that is at home, in the office or on our highways. OTTER LLC recently announced a partnership with patent powerhouse Eagle Harbor Holdings that solidified OTTER’s innovative technology at the front of the text and drive and social texting management market. For more information, visit OTTERapp.com