ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque teen’s concept for developing an app that keeps people from calling or texting while driving has garnered national exposure and is ready for marketing.
Bosque School sophomore Rhythm Badal, 16, came up with the idea when she was learning to drive and realized the risks of using her phone while on the road, said her mother, Heather Badal. She brought in University of New Mexico computer science graduate student Nialls Chavez to develop the app.
The result was Drive Control, which enables a driver to hold calls and texts while driving to avoid the risk of crashing, and to retrieve them when he or she is done driving. It can also allow a parent or employer to monitor a phone to make sure the driver isn’t calling or texting while driving.
The three showcased Drive Control in March at the HD3 Millenial Innovation@Intel event for local innovators, where organizer Michelle Miller suggested they apply for a Small Business Administration award.
They were among 15 finalists, picked from 100 competitors around the country, to pitch their product to a panel of experts at the SBA’s InnovateHER Business Challenge in Washington, D.C.