CANARY

A safe driving app for iPhone and Android

Curbing distracted driving and saving lives.

  

Canary

CANARY’S SAFE DRIVING FEATURES:

• Real-time alerts, including:

• Talking, texting, emailing, using social media or any other phone use while on the road
• Speeding (or riding in a speeding car)
• Traveling into areas set as off limits or beyond areas defined as safe


• Emergency button: Designate contacts to receive immediate alerts and location information in the event of an emergency.
• Instant locator: Find out exactly where your “Canaried” phones are.
• Customizable settings: Get alerts via push notifications or email. Set up daily or weekly reports summarizing each driver’s record.
• Advanced analytics: Access deep details, charts and graphs to track progress.

GET CANARY FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS!

Help up to 10 people become safer drivers. Download Canary and use it free for seven days. Purchase a lifetime Canary subscription during your free trial for a discounted, one-time fee of $9.99. Afterwards, the lifetime subscription is $14.99.

  

Feature Comparison

Pricing

Lifetime Subscription, One-time Fee

  • $9.99 during free trial, $14.99 after free trial
  • 7 day free trial
  • Up to 10 phones
  • iPhone & Android
  • Web Access
  • Advanced Analytics

CARE MORE. CANARY ALL YOUR DRIVERS.

Protect your entire family.

Awareness is sobering. Canary reports can help all drivers realize how often they put their lives – and the lives of others – at risk.

Measuring performance improves performance. Canary helps families have critical conversations about safety. You can also use Canary to celebrate when reports show family members are driving safely.

“I absolutely love Canary and all that it can do! Its ability to notify me when my child is driving and texting and/or using the phone while driving is wonderful. The best part is that the app also sends warnings to my child’s phone. She knows that the same notifications come to my phone as well. I am seeing fewer and fewer infractions! Now, we often receive the wonderful, ‘Congratulations, this device has no infractions!’ message. This app can be an amazing tool in keeping our teens safe.” – Claudia Smiley, Canary subscriber and mother of a teen driver.

“A week prior to our daughter’s driving test, we demoed Canary on her smartphone and explained why we felt it was important for her to have it. She did not like the idea at first but is on board with it now. It works great!” – David Mancheski, Canary subscriber and father of a teen driver.

“I am so excited about this new app, Canary. I think when we use it the right way … that app is going to help save lives.” – Jeanne Brown, whose 17-year-old daughter died in a crash while texting.

“Many parents have had frank discussions with their kids about the dangers of texting and driving, but some still need a way to drive the point home. For them, there’s the Canary app.” – The Car Connection

“… the system depends on your child having their iPhone on them at all times—but it might ensure a bit more safety for your family.” – Macworld

“It seems like money well spent if it can help prevent distracted driving.” – The Stir

  

LET'S SEE CANARY IN ACTION.

Mission

The Canary Project

Our commitment to end distracted driving.

A phone in the car is like a loaded gun. And it’s going to take a lot more than a promise to get drivers to resist using phones while behind the wheel. It’s going to require tools, technologies, programs, crusades and legislation – powerful enough to change behaviors.
The Canary Project is an initiative that brings together people with a passion to curb distracted driving and save lives, especially those of teenager drivers. It includes crusaders, developers, researchers and more.

The Canary Project was created by 52apps, developer of an app called Canary. Like the historic canary in a coal mine, Canary raises an alarm to parents and sends them immediate alerts when their teens are texting, talking on the phone or using social media while on the road.

The Canary Project founders and partners believe that education and awareness, combined with innovative solutions, will reduce distracted driving deaths.

Plan

The Canary Project plans to include:

  • • New distracted driving curricula
  • • Support high school awareness programs
  • • Advocacy for legislation
  • • Advocacy for legislation to restrict mobile device use while driving
  • • Campaigns, promotions, social media awareness
  • • Programs to help make other popular apps Canary-enabled

Click here to see the press release for more information.


  

ENDING DISTRACTED DRIVING DEATHS TAKES MORE THAN A PLEDGE.

FAQ

Canary is a complex application with rich functions and features. While our team has worked hard to make the application easy to use and intuitive, we recognize that it includes a lot of functionality that might require extra information. Below are Frequently Asked Questions and tutorials based on user feedback and the experiences of our test group. If you have any additional questions, we encourage you to email us at support@52apps.com so that we can help answer your specific problems and we can update and enrich our FAQ and tutorials content.

Does Canary detect text messages on iPhone?

Due to security restrictions on the iPhone platform, Canary is not able to detect text messages. However, we can detect when your child unlocks their phone in order to answer a text or use an app.

Can Canary auto-respond to texts for me?

Yes, on Android. Due to security restrictions on the iPhone platform, Canary is not able to automatically reply to messages on your teen’s behalf on iPhones.

Does Canary read my texts/phone logs?

Canary doesn’t read any of your private data, it merely observes when an event occurs.

Do subscriptions auto-renew?

Subscriptions will never expire.

Can my teen disable Canary, send a text, and re-enable it without me knowing?

Canary requires a password in order to disable it or access settings. However, we cannot prevent your teen from uninstalling the app. If our systems haven’t heard from your teen’s device in 15 hours or more Canary will send you an alert. Your teen can’t set Canary back up on his or her device without your account info and password, so temporary removal is not an option. If your teen has your Canary password then he or she can disable the app for periods of time without your knowledge.

Why is it called, ‘Canary?’

Like the historic canary in a coal mine, the Canary app raises an alarm to parents when their teens are in danger. In this case, parents get immediate alerts when a teen is driving while distracted and doing things such as texting while driving, moving at unsafe speeds, traveling outside an area parents have defined as safe or violating curfew.

Can Canary tell whether my teen is driving or a passenger?

No. Canary only knows if your teen is in a car that’s moving at least 12 mph. If you know your teen isn’t driving, you can temporarily disable GPS tracking on his or her device by unlocking it and changing the setting for “Track this device.”

Does Canary know and/or report when my teen reads a text message while on the move?

Canary knows when your teen unlocks their device, which is required to view messages or use their phone.

Does Canary prevent my teen from using the texting or using the phone in any way?

Canary will not disable your teen’s phone or alter its use in any way. Many parents choose to give their teens phones in case of emergencies, and restricting use of the phone in any circumstance is counterproductive to that end. Instead, Canary notifies parents of each dangerous activity so that they can address it with your teen.

Does Canary read my teen’s texts/phone logs? Can it tell me the content of messages?

Canary doesn’t read any of your private data, it merely observes when an event occurs. Canary keeps your teen’s messages and call information private. Canary does not access, report or read any text messages on your teen’s phone.

Can my teen disable Canary?

Canary requires a password in order to disable it or access settings. However, we cannot prevent your teen from uninstalling the app. If we haven’t heard from your teen’s device in 15 hours or more we’ll send you an alert. Your teen can’t re-setup Canary on their device without your account info and password, so temporary removal is not an option.

How does Canary affect battery life?

Although we’ve worked hard to optimize battery life, GPS services can have a major impact. If your teen plugs his or her phone in while driving, little to no change in battery life will be noticed. Canary uses more power while driving, and almost none while stationary. We recommend a car charger or battery case for your child’s phone if battery becomes an issue.

Are there any ongoing fees to use Canary?

No, once you have purchased a lifetime subscription to Canary there are no additional fees or monthly charges.

If I want to know where my teen is right now, will Canary tell me? How?

The Canary app and website can show you your teen’s current location on a map, along with the last time the device reported in.

Is Canary available for iPhone? Android? Blackberry?

Canary is available for iPhone and Android. We have no plans for a Blackberry app at this time.

Does Canary tell me if my teen accesses a Web page, reads a text, reads/sends email or while on the move?

Canary can detect when your teen unlocks his or her phone in order to use any app, including those to text, surf the Web or use email.

Does Canary know when my teen is sending text messages on iPhone?

Due to security restrictions on the iPhone platform, Canary is not able to detect text messages. However, Canary can detect when your teen unlocks his or her phone in order to answer a text or to use an app.

Can Canary tell me when my teen is using other apps?

Canary can detect when your child unlocks their phone in order to use any app.

Does Canary provide a Web portal through which I can access information about my teen’s smart phone usage?

The Canary Website can show detailed information about your teen’s current location and driving infractions. It will not allow you to see your teen’s calls or texts.

How much does it cost to use Canary?

A Lifetime Subscription to Canary is available for $14.99, with no additional monthly fees.

My location won’t update! Are any special settings required to use Canary?

Canary for iPhone DOES require the iPhone to be configured in a specific way. Canary for Android only requires that all Location Services be enabled. The following settings must be correct on any iPhone being tracked for Canary to track and generate notifications.

  • • Background App Refresh must be enabled for the phone, and specifically for Canary at all times. This setting can be found in Settings app -> General -> Background App Refresh.
  • • Location Services must be enabled for the phone, and specifically for Canary at all times. This setting can be found in Settings app -> Privacy -> Location Services.
  • • Canary requires that any phone being tracked be set to require a passcode (or TouchID fingerprint) in order to detect “phone use while driving”. This must be set to be required ‘immediately’. This setting can be found in the Settings app. Note: This setting is for the pincode / password to ‘slide to unlock’ the device. Your teen should know this, and it should NOT be your Canary password.
  • • Closing Canary with the App Switcher in iOS 7 (double-press home button to access) will permanently disabled Canary until the app is manually reopened. In most circumstances this will issue a “Background Quit” notification. In iOS 7, killing an app using the App Switcher will permanently disable it until reopened manually.
  • If you believe your teen may be modifying these settings to disable Canary, you can utilize Parental Restrictions in the Settings app to lock access to Background App Refresh and Location Services settings. Unfortunately, there is no setting to prevent Background Quits.
  • Canary for Android currently requires Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or greater. If you have an older phone and are already a Canary subscriber, you can redownload the old, unsupported version of Canary for your device here.

If you would like assistance, or more information on these settings, please contact support.

For more information, see how Canary works.

  

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THE ONLY WINNING MOVE IS NOT TO TEXT.

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