The ‘Speed Advisor’ app was developed by Transport NSW and Sensis, with a focus on road safety in school zones.
Before setting off, a driver selects their licence class (provisional or full), alerts for vehicle speed limits and if they prefer their instructions from a male or female voice.
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay declared the app the "last chance app" (before receiving a fine), saying school zones were a priority during its development.
“It’s heartbreaking to hear of child fatalities or injuries around schools and we need motorists to understand that school zone speed limits are there to save lives,” Mr Gay said.
“For those motorists who don’t notice school flashing lights or school zone signs, there is now another means to recognise you are entering a school zone.”
In addition to school-zone alerts, the app also informs drivers as they approach a fixed speed camera.
It can be configured to display the current speed limit, along with the next speed-limit change on the current road, and the distance until that change takes effect.
The app is designed to be set before the driver begins their journey, meaning the user need not touch their phone while driving, breaking existing mobile phone laws in the process.
Mr Gay said feedback was welcomed, as the government plans to continually improve the new app.
The minister also said the NSW government was on track to deliver flashing warning lights at all school zones in the state by the end of 2015.
“The new model of lights will have essential safety features such as back-to-base technology to allow for pro-active maintenance and remote adjustment,” Mr Gay said
The Speed Advisor app is available now.