DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A new app called “Karmatic” that just hit the web connects drivers using their license plates for the first time.READ MORE: Day 2 Of The State Fair Of Texas Brings Visitors Fun, Football & Fried Food
Created in North Texas, users are calling it the Facebook of the highway.
The app’s developers feel it works similar to most social media sites, only it relies on interactions that spark on the road.
“I just like the idea of it. You can basically just look anybody up. It’s like Tinder for the road,” said Anton Burimov.
Having just moved from California to Dallas a few weeks ago, Burimov is one of the first to use Karmatic in an attempt to meet new people.
Users enter their license plates and are able to engage with others who have done the same… for good and bad reasons.
“Maybe people will try to be better drivers if they actually receive a lot of messages,” said Burimov.
Drivers can send notes, records voice messages and even rate other drivers on a scale of 1-10.
“Maybe someone is double parked next to you or somebody parked too close, you don’t have to leave a note anymore,” said Scott Popescu, who created the app.READ MORE: No Injuries Reported After Propane Tank Explosion At Texas Motor Speedway
Popescu said all accounts are private. If someone is not friends with a user, they only see a username and whatever picture was uploaded.
“If you consider Facebook creepy, then Karmatic will be creepy,” said Popescu.
But former McKinney police officer, current defense attorney Pete Schulte has safety concerns.
“Realistically, people are going to be doing this while they’re driving. So it’s going to open up that Pandora’s box when we’re talking about texting and driving,” said Schulte.
The terms and conditions of Karmatic require users to use the app as a passenger or after they have stopped driving.
Schulte worries drivers will not obey those conditions.
“We have a technology coming in that’s going to allow it to when you’re physically moving it’s going to say, ‘are you the one driving?’ ” said Popescu.
The system will work similar to navigation systems according to Popescu.
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