WHEN PRESENTED WITH INSIGHT DRIVESHARP — software that purports to cut one’s risk of a car crash in half — we fully expected an extremely boring version of “Grand Theft Auto.” Not so! DriveSharp (PC or Mac, $139, Positscience.com) uses two simple, if tedious, games that initially seem to have little to do with driving. Play 20 minutes three to five times a week for 10 hours total and you’ll be ready to hit the road more safely.
The “Jewel Diver” game, pictured, helps you attend to numerous objects by tracking hidden gems. “Road Tour” is meant to increase one’s field of vision by flashing various objects on the screen; the user then must flag where the objects appeared.
Whether this made us safer drivers is difficult to determine, but it certainly didn’t hurt. Pedestrians should thank us.