Toyota Motor Corp, KDDI Corp and Komeda Co Ltd started an effort to reduce the number of car accidents caused by smartphones in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, Sept 20, 2016.
This is the first time in Japan that an automaker, telecom company and restaurant-chain operator collaborate for such a purpose.
The effort is for the Autumn Traffic Safety Week (Sept 21 to 30, 2016). First, Driving Barista, a special application, is downloaded to a smartphone. The application uses a gyroscope to measure the tilt angle of the phone and a GPS to measure a distance traveled.
If the smartphone with the activated application is placed with its surface down in a car, a distance traveled is recorded by the smartphone. When the distance reaches 100km (200km for the second time or later), a coupon is issued for a free cup of coffee, and it can be used at a coffee shop of Komeda.