What is it about?
Completely Hands Free!
App Store Description
Completely Hands Free!
Listen to your phone play Pennsylvania Turnpike travel advisories near you, in your direction of travel. As you travel, it will automatically keep you updated.
You don’t need to register, you don’t need to sign up anywhere for anything. The app uses the phone’s built-in GPS to stream nearby alerts.
Turn it on before you leave and it will start talking when you are getting near a roadway problem. Alerts pause when you are on the phone, and pick up where they left off when you finish.
How it Works
Start the application before starting out of your driveway. You will hear active Pennsylvania Turnpike advisories that are within your range. Now put down the phone and focus on driving. There is now nothing you need to touch on the phone, and nothing you need to read on the phone. This is completely hands-free.
The application will remain on while you drive, "broadcasting" any travel alerts for reported conditions within a set mile-range (that you can set for yourself) of your current location. If your phone is able to provide a high enough GPS precision, we will only notify you of advisories in your direction (you can change this in your settings to provide all directions, all the time!).
Conditions will be broadcast once, and then the broadcast stream will go quiet until:
a. There is an update to an advisory in range, or
b. Until you have just come within range of another advisory or
c. A set time period has elapsed (that you get to set) and you want to re-hear all advisories that are still in range
If you get a call, or make a call while a travel alert is playing, the alert will pause, and will resume playing when the call has ended. We also provide a user option to allow advisories to play while on a call, but requires a mobile provider who allows data access during calls.
User Modifications Features/ Experience
You can modify several options. These configurations are saved on your phone.
a. The advisory replay interval
b. The range (in miles) for hearing advisories
c. Whether to always hear advisories in all directions
d. Types of Turnpike advisories to play
e. Whether to permit breakthrough of audio while on a call
The application gives you audio player controls for Play, Pause, Stop, Skip, and Replay All.
You do not need to register with us or with the Pennsylvania Turnpike to use this app or to get these alerts. We don't get or record any identifying information about you or your phone. By default, you will be elected into reporting your device-determined speed along with your location to our servers, but you can elect to opt-out from within the application. You must opt-out of this selection each time the application is restarted.
The application is based on Information Logistics' patent pending "Open Microphone Platform", which is a queue-driven streaming technology platform used in combination with your phone's built-in GPS. The data for the system is the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's travel advisory data.
IMPORTANT - Please note that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
IMPORTANT - NON-GPS DEVICES This application will have some limited functionality on these devices. You may hear advisories for both directions of the PA Turnpike if your phone-reported location is not highly accurate.
** For the most consistent streaming, try to keep TRIP Talk as the active application on your device and avoid utilizing and/or installing applications while TRIP Talk is in use as much as possible.
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