When subscribed to the Gold or Platinum Membership, a phone usage event will be detected if the phone is being used in a way that resembles distracted driving. This includes things such as texting, calling or using an app while driving. Using the phone during a drive but while the car is not moving, such as at a stop light, does not count as phone use.
- The app determines phone usage by detecting movement of the phone.
- The app does not detect an actual call or text, nor does it notice if the AUX cord is plugged in.
Many cars these days have hands-free Bluetooth capabilities that allow for both making and receiving calls without the driver removing their hands from the wheel, or having to touch their phone at all due to steering wheel control buttons and voice activated calling.
Also, many cars will display and read out loud, incoming text messages. Because of these features, drivers are able to carry on phone conversations without being involved in what is commonly called "distracted driving", which involves the driver holding the phone in the hand, looking down at the phone to read texts, reply to texts, dial and answer a call.
For this reason, phone use, in the app, is determined by movement such as what would be caused by distracted driving.