By: Anna Grace Carey
After being rear-ended by a distracted driver, Neha Husein decided to challenge the texting while driving status quo. Her solution? An app that rewards drivers for putting their phones away. Since its launch earlier this year, Just Drive is on the app store and was featured at SXSW.
SMU Look: What has been your favorite experience with Just Drive?
Neha Husein: The best part is when friends come up to me and say, “I thought about texting and driving but didn’t.” I think seeing those changes in people’s mindsets and worldviews has been the most rewarding part because it feels like all of this was for a reason.
SL: Where do you see Just Drive going in the future?
NH: What I love about Just Drive as a company is that my vision of it is expanding beyond an app. Eventually, I want to incorporate the technology into the car itself.
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In February of 2014, I developed anxiety after being rear-ended by a driver that was texting and driving. I still feel unsteady in cars with fear gripping my mind. This anxiety spread to many aspects of my life beyond driving including watching action movies, being in loud or confined spaces, and even speaking in public. This Tedx Talk challenged me to confront my anxiety head on and spread a message I feel strongly about. Every time I speak in front of an audience or talk about my accident, I am a stronger person. My anxiety does not define me. I am the creator of my brand. TL;DR: #LinkInBio #TedTalk #brand
~Follow Neha Husein on Instagram @neha1216