Safe driving means hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. On-The-Go Tech is your headquarters for hands-free mobile phone calling solutions, including Bluetooth® integration with you vehicle’s speakers so that you have a tastefully integrated and easy-to-operate hands-free calling experience. On-The-Go Tech also has solutions to wirelessly stream audio into your car’s sound system from a smartphone or tablet as well as provide safe mounting for all of your portable devices.
Hands-Free Calling via Bluetooth
The buzzword Bluetooth means different things to different people. Some call that wireless earpiece used by many people walking and talking their “Bluetooth” while others associate Bluetooth with product features. Truth is, Bluetooth is not a thing, it’s a wireless technology that allows similar-type devices to connect wirelessly and communicate with one another using specific profiles. In the case of using your mobile phone in the vehicle, Bluetooth technology allows you to place and receive calls without connecting any wires to the car over the hands-free profile (HFP).
Using a Bluetooth-enabled hands-free device, such as a stand-alone hands-free car kit or a new head unit with built-in Bluetooth capability, you simply enter your vehicle, your phone ‘knows’ you’re in the car and you automatically switch to a safer hands-free mode. While in hands-free mode, you place and receive calls from the control panel of your Bluetooth car kit or new head unit’s front panel. It’s very easy and an incredibly safe way to use a phone in the car. It’s the only way On-The-Go Tech recommends.
As texting while driving is illegal in the State of Wisconsin, this fact only makes hands-free calling an even better value proposition for safer driving habits.
Accessing Contacts and Voice Commands
One of the many features in hands-free Bluetooth calling is the ability to access contacts on your phone to initiate a call. This is the called the phone book access profile (PBAP) of Bluetooth hands free calling and, as long as the phone and car Bluetooth device support it, you can search contacts and dial out without even entering a phone number. On-The-Go Tech even has in-vehicle Bluetooth hands-free devices that support voice recognition commands, such as Siri, if that feature exists on the phone. All of these added features are intended to keep eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel. Safer driving is all part of why hands-free calling makes so much sense.
Many smartphones and tablets with Bluetooth technology support audio streaming over the advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP). This profile allows your vehicle’s Bluetooth device to receive and play music stored on the phone without connecting any wires. It’s a great way to play all your downloaded and stored music, as well as access internet radio such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, MOG, Spotify, TuneIn and others. If streaming music is important to you, On-The-Go Tech’s experts can help you choose a Bluetooth solution that integrates hands-free calling and audio streaming in one single product.
Mounting the Phone or Tablet
If you don’t keep your phone or tablet in a pocket, purse or the glove box, it should be secured while you’re driving and using it in the car. It’s the convenience of easy viewing, but more importantly, it’s an inherent importance of occupant safety. Should you be in an accident or stop abruptly, the portable device can easily become airborne and act as a projectile to harm the driver or passengers. Nobody wants that.
In addition to mounting the portable device for viewing convenience and added safety, many of the mounts that are offered at On-The-Go Tech also charge the portable device. This is an added benefit of eliminating unsightly cords from cigarette lighter plugs and other messy wiring.
In late September 2014, On-The-Go Tech’s owner, Adam Porter, experienced the importance of portable device safety first-hand. Adam’s wife was in an unexpected car accident while on the phone with him. She was t-boned at 58MPH by young driver. Tires squealing, airbags deploying, screams of fear were all crystal clear to Adam over the phone’s hands-free Bluetooth connection. The event could have been a much greater disaster, but Adam’s concern for safety and a recent installation of a docking/charging cradle for her phone allowed her to remain on the call with Adam until he could arrive. The phone did not launch and become a dangerous projectile. The Bluetooth connection kept the call alive and allowed her to describe the location of the accident. Adam did call 911 to dispatch help and called his wife back, who answered, and stayed on the phone with her the remainder of the time until arriving. Although the car was a complete wreck, Adam’s installation was intact and allowed for the safety systems like seat belts and airbags to operate as intended. It just goes to show, you may never really know when you’ll appreciate the forethought and safe installation practices until you need to.
Commercial Vehicle Uses
Commercial vehicles in the state of Wisconsin are required to use a hands-free calling device. While On-The-Go Tech stresses the importance of hands-free calling in all vehicles, if it’s a commercial vehicle there is no choice. Both the company that is owner of the vehicle and the driver can receive large fines for each infraction occurrence, up to $10,000. If you own or drive commercial vehicles, On-The-Go Tech has many cost-effective Bluetooth hands-free calling solutions for one vehicle or your entire fleet.
Visit On-The-Go Tech Today
Contact the experts at On-The-Go Tech today and schedule a complimentary (no-cost) consultation to discuss how they can help you drive safer and less distracted with Bluetooth hands-free calling solutions. They have on-hand demonstrations and a wide range of high-quality products to suit all budgets and functionality requirements. If you want to wirelessly stream audio or add mounting provisions, they can help integrate all that as well. And, they can install everything with the attention to detail that is unparalleled in Dane County or anywhere in the greater Madison area.