Android App News: iOnRoad driving app could save your life

For those times when using your phone at the wheel actually makes you safer

iOnRoad Augmented Driving for Android ensures you aren't getting too close to the cars in front and encourages you to collect points to compete against other drivers. It's free to download.

A new in-car app for Android phones could help you avoid accidents by monitoring your distance from the cars in front and estimating your required stopping time if the unfortunate should happen.

The free iOnRoad (eye-on-road, geddit?) Augmented Driving app for Android, mounted on your dashboard, uses the phone's camera and GPS sensor as well as an "advanced RoadAware algorithm" to pick up traffic in your field of vision.

The app will provide a colour coded guide to keeping a safe distance. If the gap between the cars flashes green then you're ok, yellow means you should probably consider backing off a bit, while red means in the event of having to stop fast you're absolutely screwed.

The app displays the information using a neat augmented reality system which shows the road in front of you through the camera lens and an on-screen information display.

The app will also help you to keep your eyes on the road by displaying your messages and notifications within the interface, meaning there'll be no piddling about which your phone's touchscreen when you should be concentrating on the 18-wheeler currently swerving all over the road in front of you.

Of course, it wouldn't be a smartphone app without some kind of social element, and iOnRoad encourages you to collect safety points and compete against other drivers.

The free app is available to download now.

Link: Android Market (via Gizmodo)