At a tech conference in Silicon Valley this week, a company called Bump unveiled a new mobile technology that allows users to send text messages to complete strangers. Instead of typing in the recipient’s phone number, users take photo of his or her license plate. The service requires users to download an app for their iPhones and register their license plate numbers on Bump’s website. Once they’re registered users can receive texts from anyone else who has taken a photo of their license plate with the app. When a photo is uploaded, the app’s image-recognition software automatically directs the text to its appropriate recipient — if, of course, he or she has joined the service.
… The website ZDNet offered a separate list of benefits the app could offer to consumers and fellow drivers. If a driver has a coffee cup on his roof, for example, or a near-flat tire, another driver could use the app to instantly notify him. Likewise, if someone hits a parked car and flees the scene, a witness could use the app to alert the affected parties.
… Ain’t it funny how, the more we scream and yell about the dangers of using our phones and texting while driving, we continue to come up with new ways to distract ourselves while driving?