another GPS idea - speed-sensitive voicemail

Eric van Horssen horzel at
Sat Jul 28 22:17:04 CEST 2007

Mark Eichin wrote:
> Use case:
>   When I'm walking around, I'll answer the phone.  When I'm driving, I
>   won't (one phonecall == two beers worth of distraction)... but am
>   willing to pull over if the caller thinks it's important enough.
>   I shouldn't have to *tell* the phone what mode I'm in: GPS can
>   provide velocity information.  If my speed is over 10mph, the phone
>   should pick up, dump a pre-recorded explanation to the caller, and
>   let them "press 1 to interrupt the driver, or just wait a few
>   seconds and leave voicemail."
> implies that
> call recording is possible, so the audio paths are there, right?  If
> so, a lot of local voice-robot stuff is possible...

Something like Asterix (don't know the full possibilities of Asterix though)

> (And if your thought is "what if I'm a passenger" - the answer is
> "this feature is not for you, it's for me" :-)  (Also, if you're not
> an American, this feature probably isn't for you either :-) :-)

In the Netherlands (and probably most of Europe) only handsfree calling is allowed while driving.

(but if handsfree calling means driving dangerous, you can still be fined)

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