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We all see bad drivers. Now, one company has developed an iPhone app called DriveMeCrazy, which allows you to digitally jot down a license plate and deem someone a "bad driver." This information isn't then simply posted to some lame social network, it's reported to the DMV and your insurance company.

While the idea of being able to report someone for driving like a jackass sounds great, there's little question that this will lead to abuse. What if someone were out to get you and reported you simply because they felt like it? Perhaps the person who didn't get that parking spot you ended up with is feeling particularly angry. Maybe the other driver didn't see your blinker even though you had it on for the last 15 minutes. This is DrivemeCrazy's inherent flaw.

In addition to empowering virtual snitches, DriveMeCrazy also lets users reward good driving, as well as "flirt" with other DrivemeCrazy users. We now await the first report of a DriveMeCrazy user getting a real ticket for using a mobile device to serve up a cheesy virtual ticket while driving.

[Source: DriveMeCrazy via Wired]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, it could work, but it can't be so sensitive that a single report has a real effect. It should be based on votes. Got a hundred random drivers all saying your driving sucks -- then there's probably some truth there. And you could easily tune-out the pricks who report all the time -- too many reports, and the value of your votes drops like a rock.

      That said ... even if it could work, I don't support using it for anything official. Insurance companies should be banned from accessing it, same with DMV. And perhaps it should be private -- you'd have to opt-in to see what other people think about you instead of it being public.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seconding nrb's response to the app's maker big time. Bottom line, here is an opportunistic money-making scheme based on people's lack of interest or ability in driving properly. In-car media, like gps, phone, music, etc. has nothing to do with driving. They are useful, mostly when you are parked, but hang up and drive people, you could kill someone while boosting your own ego.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is yet another example of a terrifying trend... private citizens surveilling each other in everyday situations. It's George Orwell's worse nightmare some to life!

      Don't worry about Big Brother. We're doing it to ourselves and loving it. Private citizens and businesses surreptitiously record us on security tapes at almost every moment. Geez, even the cops need reasonable probably grounds or a warrant to surveil a person...

      So now we can have any idiot at the wheel with an axe to grind fink you out to the local authorities. Great. What makes them such experts on driving technique and laws, that they're in a position to judge others? What are the DMV and insurance companies going to do with this "eyewitness evidence"? Where is due process? Do you get the chance to confront your accuser or refute his/her testimony?

      This is a scandalous idea and product!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have seen people snap my license plate with their phone cameras. Not sure what they can do with it but I snapped back theirs just in case I need to call in that favor the Russian mafia owes me :-P
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that it would be better to have a camera in the front and the back recording any event. Then in case of concern, the recording can be sent to the authority or a judge who would be able to determine if the driver is a bad driver and need to receive so more awareness training.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And you are doing all this while "driving safely." You are an idiot, fool and a knave.
      • 4 Years Ago
      But won't this lead to texting while driving?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The best way to end this app is to find the Founder Philip Inghelbrecht's license plate number and report his driving.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm going to report everyone before they can report me!!

      Just what we need another thing for these idiots on the road to do with their phone instead of paying attention to their driving. Anyone that uses this should have their license revoked.

      Pay attention and drive people, leave the phone turned off!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how on the app, you write in what the other driver is doing and on this one it says "cell phone use, hand", you might as well write yourself up for being on you smart(cell)phone
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great, now in order to avoid flagrant reports of my mildly excessive speed, by John or Jane Do-Good hypermiling along at 5 miles under the speed limit, I will have to increase my speed to such an extent as to render people unable to read my license plate.

      We can all rest easy knowing that such a wonderful app exists. I, for one, feel safer already.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You just know people are going to try to use this app WHILE driving...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The best irony? If you look in the photo, the phone in the background has a virtual ticket for...cell phone use.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm going to create an app that reports on bad apps.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Riiiiiiiiiiiiight before they slam into someone sitting at a red light!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Maybe the other driver didn't see your blinker even though you had it on for the last 15 minutes."

        If you have your turn signal on for 15 minutes, you are the bad driver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Irony alert
      • 4 Years Ago
      For people that have very small lives and don't exist past their touch screen this is a great empowerment. You can now be a coward and drive around all day ignoring that you are endangering other drivers by using this app while on the road and the enjoy the satisfying feeling that you have accused someone of wrongdoing without facing them in person.
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