S-bike app aims to prevent phone usage while riding

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A dangerous practice among two wheeler riders in India is the use of mobile phones while riding. They cleverly place the phone in the space between the helmet and the ear and take calls without concentrating on the road. While this puts at risk on the road, it also increases the chances of you dropping your phone on the road. All this might change soon with recent developments in the smartphone industry. A case in point is the recently launched Samsung Galaxy J3. This particular phone comes with a dedicated app for two-wheeler riders.

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The Galaxy J3 comes with an in-built app called the “S Bike”. The app makes use of Near Field Communication or NFC to detect when the user is riding the motorcycle. After determining this, the app mutes incoming calls and sends an automated message to the caller that says that the user is riding a two-wheeler and is unable to take calls at the moment. In case of real emergency, the caller can bypass the system by pressing 1 on the keypad, upon which incoming calls will be unmuted. However, the app will only allow the rider to take the call after coming to a complete stop.

India experiences a lot of two wheeler accidents every year due to poor riding practices like lane splitting, aggressive overtaking, hands free riding etc. This new app will atleast encourage riders to stop the bike before taking a call. It’s very likely that the S-bike app will make its way into other Samsung smartphones. Stay tuned for more information in this segment.  

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