Motorola Driving Assist now lets you reply to SMS messages with your voice

Motorola Assist Moto X

Motorola’s contextually aware Driving Assist app is seeing nifty update in the Play Store today. According to the posted changelog, drivers will now be able to reply to incoming SMS messages completely hands-free using their voice.

Previously, the app would read SMS messages, but that was the end of it. Motorola has also added the ability to launch the music app of your choosing as soon as you begin driving. A nice little automated feature that is sure to come in handy.

Of course, only those with Motorola devices such as the Motorola DROID Ultra, Motorola DROID Maxx, Motorola DROID Mini and Motorola Moto X need apply. The rest of us? Well, there are other options.

Download/update on Google Play: Motorola Driving Assist

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  • Christopher House

    Just an fyi it has always started the music when you started driving. The new texting portion is extremely awesome I tested that on the way home form work tonite.

  • GeorgeS

    As this is an improvement? Apps have been able to do this for years.

  • http://www.scratchwireless.com/pad sWireless

    Any advancements in this area is much needed. There are so many people out there getting injured (or worse) because of texting in the car.

  • Paul

    Personally I think you said be concentrating on driving, not texting even with your voice.
    If it’s so bloody important pull over!

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      What’s the difference between replying by voice, and talking with someone in the seat next to you?

      • Paul

        What’s the difference making a phone call then? It’s taking your mind away from the road!
        Even on hands free, if you are involved in an accident it’d be your fault due to talking on the phone. Same thing. You minds elsewhere.

        • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

          As long as both hands are on the wheel, it’s legal to talk on the phone. That’s why there’s Bluetooth calling integrated inside of cars now.

          I agree, distracted driving is why most accidents happen, but I don’t think we should all be driving solo, with no radio, eyes peeled to the road. Some people can talk, listen, and drive. I do it all the time.

          • phoenix_fire

            driving with no radio or talking and eyes glued on the road can actually be really dangerous. you can get road hypnosis and fall asleep at the wheel.

  • Schaweet

    It’s great they updated this as well as the touchless control app today. However, I’d love to see a camera update as well. It really is the only thing on this phone that needs work at this point.

  • Michael Quinlan

    Is great that a reply function is now integrated into redding texts aloud, but Assist has always been able to text via voice – you just had to say “OK Google Now” to get started.

    • TheScientists

      Except that’s Touchless Control, not Assist.