Introduce the first Text and Drive safety app to iPhone customers.
  • Petitioning Tim Cook

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CEO of Apple Inc.
Tim Cook

Introduce the first Text and Drive safety app to iPhone customers.

    1. Petition by

      OTTER LLC

Text and Drive is now the #1 killer of teens in the United States. It also causes over 400,000 non fatal injury accidents every year on our highways. As a mobile leader, Apple needs to bring a software solution to iPhone users that addresses this epidemic. Our company has been trying since 2010 to bring our free software to the Apple store but low level security restrictions have banned all GPS based texting auto reply software from functioning on the iPhone operating system. We understand the need for Apple to deliver secure products to its customers, but there are ways to deliver a useful texting management tool like the OTTER app to iPhone users while maintaining the security of their hardware. Please let Apple know that this is a priority for you as a mobile consumer. Handing a smartphone to your new teen driver should include software that makes them 23 times safer on the highway - today.

To:
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.
Introduce the first Text and Drive safety app to iPhone customers.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

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      Apple's Watch Adds More Distractions, and More Dangers

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    2. Apple in the hot drivers seat over lack of Text and Drive solution...

      Apple iPhone Connected Car CarPlay Doesn't Play Safe or Fair, Petition @ Change.org

      Apple's CarPlay for iPhone 5/5c/5S that will be coming in cars and in-dash infotainment units this summer from Pioneer and Alpine is not necessarily safe for drivers or fair for developers says Erik Wood, founder of OTTER LLC.

    3. Distracted Driving Awareness Month is on! Please help spread the word…

      Distracted Driving Awareness Month

      Thousands die needlessly each year because people continue to use their cell phones while driving, handheld or hands-free. Join the National Safety Council this April in urging those you care about to: Stop using cell phones while driving Recognize that hands-free devices offer no safety benefit Understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain Tell others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving 1.

    4. When would you call this an epidemic?

      Distracted driving: 9 die, 1,060 hurt each day, CDC says

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a new way to get people's attention to what it calls the growing problem of distracted driving: it says that every day nine people die and 1,060 people are hurt in crashes where distraction is reported as a cause.

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. iPhone needs to support safe driving in the new "Connected Cars" as well!

      Will connected cars cause more accidents?

      Morgan Webb, the gaming and tech personality, stood on a purple-lit stage between a Chevy Impala and a Corvette and raised her arms triumphantly. The candy-apple-red cars looked ordinary, if a little shinier than normal, but it was what was inside that mattered: LTE connectivity and an in-car app store.

    7. Teens are not just dying from Text and Drive, they are going to prison...

      Teen who was texting during deadly wreck gets 15 months

      SEATTLE -- The 19-year-old man who admitted to texting while driving and speeding when he hit and killed a North Bend pedestrian last year was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison. Cody J. Eads pleaded guilty in December to vehicular homicide in the death of 57-year-old Lucinda Pieczatkowski early on New Year's morning in 2013.

    8. OTTER LLC tries crowdfunding to amplify 2014 efforts!

      End Texting while Driving

      In 2009, after my three year old daughter came inches from becoming another Text and Drive statistic, I knew that our family had avoided our first Text and Drive encounter but it was very likely not our last. Within three months, I formed OTTER LLC in order to bring sustainable software solutions to the epidemic of Text and Drive.

    9. Adults need to lead by example on Text and Drive!

      AAA: Adult drivers most likely to text and drive, not teens

      According to a new survey, teens are not the ones texting behind the wheel. AAA released survey results that found that adults are actually the ones admitting to sending text messages and emails while driving. Click to read more.

    10. Speech to Text in the car is just as dangerous as Text and Drive...

      We maintain that the Speech to Text software found in some vehicle on-board systems is just another, equally lethal, way to Text and Drive. New studies out this year verify this. Drivers need an option that allows them to auto reply to texts (thereby feeling connected) while keeping their phones quiet and their eyes and thoughts on the road in front of them!
      - Erik Wood, Founder
      OTTER LLC
      http://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida/2013-11-08/Testing-voice-to-text-how-safe-is-it-on-the-roads#.UoACEOI4nlc

      Testing voice-to-text: how safe is it on the roads?

      FORT MYERS, Fla. - For a little more than a month, it's been illegal to text and drive in Florida. But now, technology is making it easier than ever to type without your fingers. We're talking about the voice-to-text function found on most smartphones.

    11. Reached 1,000 signatures
    12. Fox News Live Interview with OTTER Founder, Erik Wood

      http://video.q13fox.com/Texting-and-driving-app-25204241

      This interview was great but it is not the end goal... getting thousands of signatures that we can take to Apple is... keep pushing and thanks for the support!

      Erik Wood, Founder
      OTTER LLC

    13. App aims to prevent texting while driving

      App aims to prevent texting while driving

      A driver texting on her mobile phone as she drove through a pedestrian crossing being used by Erik Wood and his three-year-old daughter in 2008 was a near miss which he hopes could save lives.

    14. App keeps driver's hands on the wheel, not their phone

      http://q13fox.com/2013/09/23/app-keeps-drivers-hands-on-the-wheel-not-their-phone/#axzz2fpUPgfVW

      Great press today everyone but we need more signatures to get Apple to look at this! Keep pushing and sharing this link. Thank you for the support.

      Erik Wood, Founder
      OTTER LLC

      App keeps driver's hands on the wheel, not their phone

      SEATTLE -- In 2008, Erik Wood had a close call with a distracted driver. She never glanced up from her cell phone as she blew past Wood and his 3-year-old daughter on a Seattle sidewalk. That near-miss inspired Wood to come up with an idea to

    15. OTTER: One Touch Text Response app aims to stop texting while driving

      http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/science_tech/otter-one-touch-text-response-app-aims-to-stop-texting-while-driving

      Lets send this important text message to Apple. Please let five friends know about our petition. We need to get to 1,000 by the end of the week. Thanks for the support!

      Erik Wood, Founder
      OTTER LLC

      OTTER: One Touch Text Response app aims to stop texting while driving

      The image is still frozen in Erik Wood's mind. The driver's wrists were pressed against the steering wheel as her thumbs worked the keypad of a cellphone held in front of her face. She never glanced up as her car blew past Wood and his 3-year-old daughter in a Seattle crosswalk.

    16. Reached 750 signatures
    17. Smartphone Heavyweight is the 'Apple' of OTTER's Eye in Deterring Texting W

      http://www.mobilitytechzone.com/topics/mobile-devices/articles/353451-smartphone-heavyweight-the-apple-otters-eye-deterring-texting.htm

      More coverage of our petition and we are over 600 signatures. Please pass on the petition to your friends and thank you.

      Erik Wood, Founder
      OTTER LLC

    18. Reached 500 signatures
    19. Reached 100 signatures
    20. CBS features OTTER app in new report on Texting and Driving

      UW study shows more drivers text and drive

      SEATTLE - There is a new push to make it impossible to text and drive from safe-driving advocates and it includes new uses of technology. A University of Washington study released on Monday shows more people are using their phones in the driver's seat, estimating that one in 12 drivers are texting or talking on the phone while driving.

    21. Reached 50 signatures
    22. Nokia promotes OTTER software in 2011

      OTTER: Nokia Developer Interview with Erik Wood

      CEO and founder of OTTER, Erik Wood, talks about their new Nokia application, OTTER. The concept for this mobile app from the Seattle-based software company of the same name, was born from a dramatic near miss of the founder's three-year-old daughter by a driver who was pre-occupied with texting.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Hayley Hovious NASHVILLE, TN
      • 7 days ago

      Too many people are dying. If an app like this saves just one life, it's more than worth your time to develop it.

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    • Joy Piccolo-Jewell LOUISVILLE, KY
      • 7 days ago

      I have 3 children driving. Their safety is my main concern as we all know at times they can have a lapse in judgment. This could maybe also help in the long run with car insurance premiums.

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    • Chet Allen LOUISVILLE, KY
      • 7 days ago

      to help protect us all

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    • Janet Mercker LOUISVILLE, KY
      • 7 days ago

      It keeps me safer and protects me from myself. Also have two teenagers getting ready to drive .

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    • Byron Larsen PHOENIX, AZ
      • 8 days ago

      I've been hit by a drunk driver twice, any distraction is bad, I see no difference between drinking and driving and texting and driving - both impair the driver

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