When describing the Windshieldink license plate messaging concept to people, often the initial reaction is “That’s great! So now I can send a message to a driver that cut me off on the highway”. Then their second response is “Not so great … now someone can send me a message about my poor driving. I need to think twice about this”.
Based on such first reaction, people are not seeing the Windshieldink concept as we see it. With this limited view of the app, they’re missing out on some of the much more creative and valuable uses it offers.
As our user base grows, Windshieldink continues to prove useful in numerous situations for car owners. None involve commenting on another’s good or bad driving. So .. we’d like to take time to explain our vision on what Windshieldink is and what it isn’t.
What Windshieldink isn’t
Windshieldink can be used to message poor drivers on the road, however it is not the objective of our platform. We advise our members to not use the app nor any other distraction while driving. For this reason and the for the safety of all drivers, Windshieldink is not intended to be an on-the-road driving complaint app.
Another reason why Windshieldink is not meant to be used a driving-complaint app is because messages are only sent to the person who registered the vehicle license plate. This means that your message may or may not go to the person driving the vehicle. It could be useful for a car owner to know if the person driving their car is driving poorly, but there is no guarantee your complaint will get to the driver.
People have common ways for expressing their frustration or disapproval while on the road. Using the car horn or making hand gestures are quite common. We see no point in providing another one.
Lastly, because the messages don’t go to the police, using Windshieldink as a driver complaint mechanism provides little or no benefit to actually making the roads safer. If you see a serious driving infraction, such as a drunk driver, don’t use Windshieldink to message the car. We recommend you call the police directly to get the person off the road.
What Windshieldink is
Thankfully, there are many other scenarios the Windshieldink can be used for than what it cannot. Our users continue to come up with unique ways of using the app. While we know the app will be used by some people to send driver-to driver messages on the roads, the true utility of our platform is to contact you when you are away from your car. The GPS tagging capability also provides numerous ways to use the app.
Windshieldink provides a “toolbox” of features that come in handy in various situations. It’s worth your time to install the app on your smartphone in the event you need to use it.
Windshieldink benefits you
Our website lists ideas sent to us by our user community on how the app has benefited them in numerous scenerios;
- Get notified about getting towed before it happens
- Receive GPS location in your messages
- Stay connected with your parking valet
- Get messaged about your car alarm going off
- Receive messages about suspicious behaviour around your car
- Get notified of your teenager’s driving
- Locate parking spots or give location instructions using the GPS tag
As Windshieldink’s user base to grows, the way the app is utilized continues to evolve. Windshieldink’s services provide even more value to our user community and vehicle owners, which will be independent of the ability to message someone while driving.
As connectivity on the road expands with smart cities and smart cars, we see license plate messaging as one of the primary ways of communicating with vehicle owners. City officials are looking for ways of contacting citizens and vehicle owners. We believe license plate messaging will eventually be the contact method of choice.
We hope you see that the value of the app is much greater than simply the ability to critique someone’s driving. So when someone says “that’s great, so now I can send a message to a bad driver” the reply should be “actually no, that’s not the goal”. Windshieldink offers a toolbox of services and will offer even more value as new services continue to be added”.
We’re interested in hearing from you. Send your comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.