Imagine a world in which any road user, whether driving a car, riding a bike or just walking, could report bad driving on the spot, and that info would be relayed to the MOT, insurance companies and police departments.
Well, it’s a reality with the DriveMeCrazy app for Apple’s iPhone.
Released last Wednesday, this free app is designed to allow users to voice the license plate number of any vehicle they believe to be driven erratically or dangerously into their iPhones, ‘flag’ the vehicle and send a report of the offenses to the proper authorities.
The driver of a flagged vehicle is also sent a "virtual" ticket (by which means is not stated) advising them where and when they were flagged and for what reason.
The information is forwarded to insurance companies, the Ministry of Transportation and local law authorities, however, it is not used to write real tickets and insurance companies do not use it to determine insurance rates — at least not yet.
Users of this app are assured anonymity, and they can share their flagged vehicles on Twitter and Facebook. The info is also fed into a database that can be accessed by registered users through the DriveMeCrazy website.
Users can also flag motorists as "good" and send messages or request contact info.
DriveMeCrazy developers claim that their system carefully monitors activity "across the service" and is supposed take down malicious or erroneous flags.
And you thought you just needed to watch out for cops.