Status Report on the Driving Barista Application Project Which Aims to Prevent Smartphone-Related Traffic Accidents

TOKYO, JAPAN, October 13, 2016 – Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota), Komeda Co., Ltd. (Komeda), and KDDI Corporation (KDDI) have been running a project that utilizes a smartphone application called Driving Barista. The project aims to reduce the number of traffic accidents in Aichi Prefecture in Japan which are caused by drivers using their smartphones while driving. During the 17 days between September 20 and October 61, the application was downloaded about 37,000 times and was used to record about 2.6 million km of distance driven. This means that a cumulative distance equivalent to about 65 trips around the earth, or about 7 round trips from the earth to the moon had been driven safely by drivers while refraining from using their smartphones. The project gave in a fun way those who actually used the application to increase their level of awareness about reducing traffic accidents, and has helped many people inside and outside of Aichi Prefecture understand the importance of preventing smartphone-related traffic accidents.


Driving Barista

Number of times the application had been downloaded

about 37,000 times

Cumulative total distance driven

about 2.6 million km


Coffee coupons issued in exchange for the accumulated distance driven can be redeemed at Komeda Coffee Shops2 across Aichi Prefecture through October 31. A final report that will include the number of coffee coupons redeemed will be issued in early November.


Toyota, KDDI, and Komeda will continue to actively engage in new initiatives that are targeted toward solving social issues.


Project duration

Application download period

Starting September 20, 2016

Application usage period

From September 20, 2016 to October 6, 2016

Coffee coupon redemption period

From September 20, 2016 to October 31, 2016


Please refer to the following link for more information on the project


1The project duration differed for some models.

2Coupons may not be redeemable at some store locations. Participating store locations are indicated in the app.




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