NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- messageLOUD and the leading provider of mobile payments in parking, PayByPhone, today announced that they have partnered to promote a new smartphone app designed to help prevent distracted driving, a deadly practice resulting in more than 5,000 deaths each year according to the AAA Foundation. Available for free for a limited time to millions of PayByPhone subscribers in hundreds of cities worldwide, the messageLOUD app automatically reads text messages and email out loud while you drive.
There have been numerous high profile campaigns recently asking drivers to put down their phones, few bigger than AT&T's It Can Wait® crusade in the US. According to AT&T research, 7 out of 10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving. Texting and emailing are the most prevalent.
messageLOUD is taking a more proactive approach to solving the problem. Instead of asking drivers to ignore their phones, the messageLOUD app automatically reads your texts and email out loud without you having to look at your phone, making your drive safer. Users can choose which email and texts should be read out loud, and the app can send an automated text reply to senders with a customizable message, for example: "I'm driving. I'll respond when I get to my destination."
"PayByPhone and messageLOUD are dedicated to simple, effective mobile technologies that offer a great experience for consumers," said Garin Toren, CEO and Founder of messageLOUD. "messageLOUD is on a mission to eliminate distracted driving with an eyes-free experience that enables you to hear your messages automatically out loud, to easily delete or dismiss messages, or call the sender back - all without having to look at your phone. Partnering with PayByPhone allows us to quickly distribute this potentially life-saving app to a large user base. We are very excited to start this journey of eliminating distracted driving."
PayByPhone's award-winning app helps millions of drivers around the world to save time, money and frustration by easily paying for parking from their smartphone. By using the free app to pay for parking, drivers also get timely alerts before their parking expires and can add more time as needed right from the app. PayByPhone is the most popular parking payment application in the world, processing more than 40 million transactions a year on behalf of 11 million drivers in major metros including San Francisco, Miami, Boston, Seattle, Vancouver, London, Paris and Geneva.
"We're helping drivers to park smart and drive safer," said Barrie Arnold, Chief Commercial Officer at PayByPhone. "By offering our community a free trial of messageLOUD, we're making it safer and easier for them to stay connected while on the road, at a time when they need it most."
PayByPhone users have access to an exclusive promotion, in which the messageLOUD app is available free for the first 60 days, and then only $1.99 a month or $15.99 a year. Consumers can get their free trial by visiting https://paybyphone.com/messageloud
messageLOUD is a patent pending smartphone app that automatically reads your texts and email out loud, allowing you to drive, work and play, safely and productively. Our mission is to eliminate distracted driving with an eyes-free experience that enables you to hear your messages automatically out loud, to easily delete or dismiss messages, or call the sender back –– all without having to look at your phone. For more information about messageLOUD, partnership opportunities and customer support, visit www.messageLOUD.com.