This is the third in a series of blog entries looking at how iPhone applications are helping to keep drunken drivers off our roads. Of course, the best decision for all of us is to not drive after we have been drinking.
It is nice to know that there are devices which can help you notice that your judgment may be impaired and you really are NOT okay to drive. Here is a second app designed to help would-be drivers make the smart decision.
DrinkTracker is an app that, as the name denotes, keeps a record of one’s BAC and the drinks that one consumes for the evening using a BAC calculator and a personal Breathalyzer simulator.
In order to use this app, the user must initially create a personal profile, which includes his or her age, sex, height, and weight.
When the user begins to drink, he or she must select his or her profile. The DrinkTracker compares the user’s alcohol intake and metabolic rate, and then provides the user with regular updates of BAC levels. The app is also able to set a target BAC, allowing the app’s countdown timer to be set to the approximate time this target is reached.
Pretty amazing, right?
The latest version of DrinkTracker has taken things one step further – including a GPS-based feature called “Outta Here!” This feature uses Google Maps so that a user may obtain directions to his or her next destination, call a taxi, or even email other contact to pick the user up.
Of course, it is always best to have a plan for getting home safely. If you did not intend to have that second, or third, or perhaps fourth drink, please do the smart thing and take a cab. If not, I may see in my alcohol class.