I am pleased to say that Designated Driver is up and running as of yesterday. I have been working with a group of people that have helped me design and develop the app. There were some complications with the design but once we got through that, it has been easy. I did make some changes to it though. Originally, I was going to have a trivia question, a math question and a puzzle. However, I’ve realized that the trivia question isn’t a good fit because what if they honestly don’t know the answer? So I have changed the trivia question to a form that asks for your weight and how many beers or glasses of wine you have had. That way, there is written proof that you are too drunk to drive, even if you get all the questions right.
I have a friend in law enforcement and he says that the app is a great idea. He said that drunk driving is a big problem, especially in young adults. However, he did convince me to put a disclaimer in the app that shows up every time you open it. Basically it says that I do not claim responsibility if anyone drinks and drives and I also listed the app as a game which will help my case should anyone decide to sue me. I have released a beta version a few weeks ago and I have gotten a great response so far.
Even though it has just been released, I have some new ideas already. There is a breathalyzer phone connector that works with smartphones. I am in contact with the creator and we are going to make my app compatible with his breathalyzer. This way, people will get even more information about their drinking which will hopefully prevent people from driving. Again however, these are tools that are being used by choice, and people will choose to use this app as well as choose to not drive. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what app or tool you have, people will still drink and drive no matter what.
In a way, I feel like this is my calling. It’s like my drunken life has lead up to this app. All my experiences drunk driving, as well as losing my best friend to drunk driving, have prepared me for this app. I want to save lives and prevent accidents. Losing my best friend to drunk driving changed my life forever and I don’t want anyone else to have to lose their loved one due to them having a few too many beers. I have poured my heart and soul into this program so I have high hopes that it will not only be successful financially, but that it will also make a difference in the world.
I have done some calculations and it appears that if the current download trend continues, I should be all set in the next three months. There’s no telling if this app is going to truly take off though as I’ve seen some have a strong start but bottom out soon after. As of this morning though, it appears that it is going to do very well. I already have a few reviews that praise the app. I can’t wait for people to start trying it out. It will be surreal if I am at a party and someone pulls out the app. I can’t wait to see how well it does.
I’m not ready to quit my job yet though. I need to wait and see how much income the app produces. Also, as a friend pointed out, the download rate will drop at some point so this isn’t going to secure my income for a lifetime. So I have decided to stick to the app making business and I have a few ideas that I’m going to try next. Before I make more apps, I have heard that it’s a good idea to establish an official business with a name. That way, everything will be under one umbrella which will make taxes easier and everything more organized. I am truly delighted about this topic and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next. Hopefully this can replace my income so I can finally walk away from my dreaded desk job and travel the world with confidence.