• Dec 9, 2010
Slow Down app – Click above to watch video after the jump

For many of us, music and driving go hand-in-hand. A great song can complement a great road and the overall experience of piloting a vehicle can be raised a few notches. Of course, you might even get a little overeager behind the wheel when allowing yourself to get wrapped up in the cadence of the music instead of looking at the speedo (Metallica, anyone?). Well, now there's an app for that.

By way of the Belgian organization OVK, Parents of Children Killed in Road Accidents, comes an application in the iTunes App Store called Slow Down. Play music through your Apple iPhone while the app is running and it will keep an eye on the local speed limits. Should you exceed the posted limit, the music will quite literally slow down. Push that gas pedal even harder so that you are going more than 10 miles per hour over, and the tunes will go mute. All you have to do to get them back is slow down.

We wouldn't want this for ourselves because we love music and never, ever speed. However, we could see this being the perfect tool for quelling a newly licensed hot-shoe in your family. The best part about it? It's free.

Hop the jump to see the app in action.

[Source: OVK Slow Down via Engadget]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess the app should be doing the exact opposite...
      With that slo-mo music I would really want to instinctively speed up things instead of slowing down.

      It could work if the app switched to more relaxed music when you start speeding.
      Who the hell is listening to the Trainspotting soundtrack driving around a somewhat deserted road at 50km/h anyway?
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about people start using their brains instead of relying on technology to tell them something!! What a stupid App/Idea!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would be far more effective if instead of just slowing down your music, it starts playing Justin Bieber.

      Oh wait, no, that would just make me chuck my smart phone out the window...
      • 4 Years Ago
      No thanks.

      I can only see someone who has 1 point on their license left and habitually speeds wanting this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sounds counter intuitive to me. If my music slowed down, I'd tend to speed up to make it go faster again.

      Then when it mutes, I'd just get mad and drive even faster, but now I'm driving faster and I'm angry.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Of course, there NO WAY the newly-licensed son or daughter will figure out how to turn off this app. No way!!! Or is there an app to tell you if/when your newly-licensed son/daughter turns the app off?

      Which is worse: Your son/daughter wondering how stupid you think they are or the parent not expecting their newly-licensed child to turn off the app?
      • 4 Years Ago
      A useful question with potentially better applications: how does it know the speed limit where you are?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it should slow down music for the idiots who drive below the speed limit since they are far more dangerous than anyone who speeds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While it's true that speeding isn't dangerous, per se, it's what happens when a speeding vehicle loses control that causes the problem.

        Low speed vehicles dangerous? Get real or get off the roads. If you truly mean they're a hazard to *you*, then you better not drive on any roads where there are any pesky bicyclists, farm vehicles, work trucks, freight vehicles, mail trucks, and the like.

        Heck, anywhere there's an intersection there are slow moving vehicles driving under the speed limit: city centers, residential areas, industrial or commercial zones. In other words, anywhere there isn't a freeway. And then add quite a lot of freeways as well...

        Okay, you *still* believe what you wrote? Show us the evidence.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Evidence: slow moving vehicles trying to merge into faster moving traffic on the interstate.

        You can expect people to stop at stop lights. Its a little more surprusing when peiple suddenly stop on the highway
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably a wash, I see way more people that speed than drive the speed limit or slower. But yes, slow people can also cause a problem.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about we ween ourselves off of "apps" for our phones/everything and the 2 second attention span that goes along with it. If you don't want to speed lift your foot off the pedal a little.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There should be an app to eliminate drivers that need an app to help them drive properly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I heard that going 80 in a 50 makes Lada Gaga sound like a groaning walrus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's an app for everything these days. I need to get a life...........is there an app for that?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure the act of going to your iPhone's home screen, scrolling through apps, and launching this app is way more dangerous than speeding while paying attention.

        Verdict: Stupid.
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