Focus — Screen-Free Driving
By Kevin Holesh
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Train yourself to not use your phone while driving. There is absolutely no excuse for looking at your phone screen while you’re behind the wheel of a car. Focus will keep you in check.
Focus automatically starts up when you’re driving your car. If you pick up your phone and look at the screen, you’ll be gently reminded to put it down and focus on the road. If you’re stubborn and keep using your phone, Focus might get angry.
And you don’t want to make Focus angry…
What the app does
• Discourages you from using your phone whilst you’re driving.
• Sends an email report card for each trip to anyone you choose. Parents: are you listening? You get an email report summarizing exactly when your kids were using their phone while driving, and for how long, and how fast they were going. Keep them safe out there.
• Sends you a summary notification when you stop letting you know how you did on that trip.
• Remains completely invisible. Install it on your phone, set it up, and let it do its thing. It will run silently in the background.
• Automatically detects when you start driving. No “Start trip” and “End trip” buttons here.
• Engages passenger mode. If you’re not driving and you start to hear Focus remind you to put your phone down, give your phone a good shake. This will make Focus be quiet and mark it as “I wasn’t driving” for that trip.
• City folk: Stop yourself from using your phone while you’re walking too. Keep you eyes up crossing the street.
What the app doesn’t do
• Doesn’t block any phone functionality. There are always ways around that. The goal isn’t to make it harder to use your phone while you’re driving; it’s to make you want to not use your phone at all.
What about phone calls?
Focus is designed to discourage you from looking at your screen while driving. Talking on a phone call isn’t great either, but calls don’t count against you inside the app. The time you spend on phone calls while driving is tracked too, in case you’re curious.
Does using my GPS app count?
If you’re looking at your phone screen with the map displayed, yes. It doesn’t matter if you’re texting or trying to decipher a map of where you’re going; your eyes are still on your phone instead of the road.
The best thing to do is set up your directions before you pull out of your driveway and listen to Siri’s voice instructions. They’ll get you to your destination safely and your eyes can remain on the road.
What about using my phone at a red light?
Being stopped in traffic or at a red light is no excuse to be on your phone. You’re still behind the wheel of your car and should be paying attention to your surroundings. If you’re stopped at a light, Focus will keep reminding you to put down your phone.
Besides, how often does answering a text fit perfectly into the 27 seconds you’re stopped at a light? Never. You always start typing, the light turns green, and you hit the gas pedal and hurtle through the intersection while you keep typing away.
Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Focus has been designed to use GPS sparingly.
Note to iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 owners: Focus might take a mile or so of driving to detect that you’ve actually started driving. Every other iPhone takes about 50 feet.
What's New in Version 1.2
Focus is now free to try! You can unlock all of the features with a single in-app purchase of the pro features.
The free version lets you track how much you use your phone while driving.
The pro features are all about training yourself not to use your phone while driving:
• Voiceovers encourage you to put down your phone while driving. If you're stubborn and keep using your phone, Focus will get a bit angry. And you don't want to make Focus angry!
• Email report cards: Get an automatic email summarizing exactly when you (or your kids) were using your phone while driving, for how long, and how fast you were going while you were distracted. Hold yourself accountable to someone who loves you.
• Get a notification when you stop driving to let you know how you did on that trip. No need to open the Focus app to check.
Note: If you've previously purchased the app, you'll have the pro features unlocked automatically. You do not have to pay twice.
Appreciate the voiceover
I appreciate reminder to lock my phone but I shake my app many times when I am not driving and it still records it as a distracted driver. I injured my arm and giving it the "hard shake" it wants is not that easy for people like me. So when I thought I was disabling it, I wasn't, and there's no option to select a button saying you weren't driving in a certain trip. I've used my other arm to give it the hard shake and apparently it takes the to and from and never changes it. It actually changes it and changed it back cause of the two different direction motion. I appreciate this voiceover out of all. I have seen other apps with free offers have more options but the voice and count total is nice. Wish I only needed one driving app that did it all. Doesn't sound like the paid version would be that either.
The app seems to work fine so far. It does continue to count as if I'm driving for a few minutes after I stop, but it eventually corrects itself. I'm not sure why it does this but it ends up right so it's fine. The accountability discourages me from unlocking my phone.
Works as described, but hogs battery
This app works as described and is great at encouraging you not to use your phone while driving. My biggest complaint is that it is a major battery hog whether you spend time driving or not. It burns up my battery too fast for me to be able to keep it installed and running...my phone is unusable. (iPhone 6 iOS 9)
- Category: Lifestyle
- Updated: Feb 16, 2016
- Version: 1.2
- Size: 18.7 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Kevin Holesh
- © Luna Bird LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi‑Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), and 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular.
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