CALGARY — A Calgary company hopes its new smartphone app will cut down on distracted driving.

OneTap uses GPS to detect when a person is in a car and then manages calls, texts and alerts that could be a distraction.

An auto-reply function replies to calls and texts immediately, letting senders know an individual is driving and when the trip is expected to end.

If a matter is urgent, the app alerts the driver to pull over to accept a phone call.

Former Calgary Stampeder co-owner Ted Hellard’s company developed the free app, which is only available for Android phones, but is to be offered on other systems later this year.

It has the backing of Calgary’s police chief, Rick Hanson.

Hellard says it won’t stop hardcore texters, but it should help the other 80 per cent of smartphone users who want to do the right thing but don’t know how to quit.