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Bump.com Connects You With Other Drivers

Road Rage 2.0: Bump.com

Even though most people agree that certain types of technology and driving don't mix, when it comes to being on the road, there are ways to take advantage of tech. Case in point: a driving-centric dating site. Now there's another site aimed at drivers, though this one seems more likely used as a way to take out your frustrations on another driver. Bump is a new site and iPhone app devoted to helping drivers communicate.

To use it, register with the site, including your license plate number and state. Then, if you'd like to send a message to another driver, simply enter her license plate and state. If the driver's registered with the site, she'll receive your message. Find out more about the site (and why I think it's a bad idea) after the jump.

While the site appears to be striving for an earnest, helpful vibe, I can't imagine the majority of its potential users would be so kind. Of course, you could always avoid getting nasty messages from other drivers by not registering on the site, which I expect is its weakness. Plus, it's potentially distracting. Bump uses recognition software that can determine a license plate number from a photo, so you can conceivably take a photo of someone's license plate in order to comment on his driving. Sure, there are plenty of practical applications like notifying someone that he's left something on the roof, or if a tire looks flat, but I think there is too much room for nastiness and negativity for Bump to become a hit.

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