Irish student's app could save lives on the road

Andrew Irwin, a 23-year-old Computing in Software Development student has developed a mobile app that can detect when you're driving and put your phone on silent.

A student at GMIT Galway, Andrew's app also sends an auto-reply text to inform people that you are driving.

Called "Drive Safe", the app has already been used 30,000 times in 117 countries since it was introduced to the Google Play Store just six months ago.

In the last 30 days the Mayo-born student's app has been used in 71 countries including 400 towns and cities in the US.

Creator of Drive Safe Andrew Irwin with Enda Kenny
Creator of Drive Safe Andrew Irwin with Enda Kenny

Andrew says "[He's] always strived to keep the app as simple as possible, so that anyone of any technical ability or age can use the app first time, with ease."

The app has a fantastic track record with a 4.3 out of 5 average rating on Google Play from users across the globe.

"Simply the goal is to save lives. With one tap, Drive Safe could help prevent fatalities 
and serious car accidents attributed to mobile-phone usage while driving."

Andrew is massively into driving (would you have guessed?), all things tech, and cars.

The app can be found on the Google Play Store here.


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