Sixth grade girl snags $20K to launch app that barks at drivers who text behind the wheel

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An 11-year-old girl from Carson has helped create a new smart phone app to help prevent her parents from texting while driving.

Victoria Walker said her app is called ‘Rode Dog.’ Soon, it’ll be available to anyone.

It works like this: You download the app and join a “pack” with friends and family members. A member of your pack can send your phone a notification that “woofs” at you if you’re texting behind the wheel.

“It’ll start barking at you ‘til you stop," Walker said. "You also get to unlock different animals so if you don’t want the bark, it could be like a chicken or a lion.”

This month, AT&T awarded Walker $20,000 to launch the app. She co-designed it with creative director David Grau.

When Walker isn’t inventing new technology, the sixth grader is hitting the books at Dodson Middle School in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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