Forbes - ZoomSafer Partners with inthinc to Keep Teen Drivers Focused on the Road
ZoomSafer, the leading provider of software to prevent distracted driving, and inthinc(TM), a leading provider of technology to improve driving behavior, announced today at the Department of Transportation's second national Distracted Driving Summit a partnership to deliver an integrated solution to proactively improve teen driving behaviors and eliminate the dangerous temptation to text when behind the wheel.
"Texting while driving is a deadly game played every single day by more than 26% of young drivers," said Matt Howard, CEO of ZoomSafer. "Like many things that are good for them, young people probably won't like it, but TeenSafer(TM) software combined with inthinc's tiwi(TM) device is a simple, yet practical way for parents to keep their kids safe while driving."
"Tiwi is your teen's personal safe driving assistant that provides real-time coaching to help kids become better drivers," said Todd Follmer, CEO of inthinc. "By integrating the TeenSafer software into tiwi, we can help young adults become safer drivers and make better decisions as relates to vehicle controls and mobile phone controls."
The TeenSafer solution for smartphones includes:
-- Automatic On/Off -- TeenSafer will automatically launch/exit "Safe Drive Mode" based on integration with inthinc's tiwi device installed in the car.
-- This multi-trigger architecture completely eliminates the battery drain associated with earlier attempts to solve this problem.
-- Safe Drive Mode -- Locks the keypad and screen (except to dial 9-1-1)
-- Silences all alerts, tones and ringers
-- Automatically replies to incoming texts, email and phone calls with a customized message telling others they are busy driving
-- Blocks access to texts, email, IM, browsing and other applications
-- Restricts hands-free inbound and outbound calling to a defined white list of up to three priority/emergency contacts
-- Provides real-time notifications when software is installed, each time the driver starts and stops driving, and whenever 9-1-1 calls are made.
TeenSafer is currently available for BlackBerry OS 4.2.1 and newer and Android support will be available shortly. The fully integrated version will be available on the inthinc website shortly.
ZoomSafer is a leading provider of software for mobile phones to prevent distracted driving. We offer innovative safe driving solutions to businesses, corporations and government organizations as well as families, young drivers, and mobile professionals. For more information, please visit http://www.zoomsafer.com.
inthinc(TM) is the developer of the tiwi(TM) and waySmart(TM) by tiwi brands. tiwi provides driving safety solutions for families and commercial fleets of all sizes. Its solutions have been used by some of the world's most safety-conscious organizations, including NASCAR(R), mining and oil and gas companies, and families with young drivers.