TMCnet - ZoomSafer Joins Forces with inthinc to Keep Teen Drivers Focused on the Road
Sep 28, 2010 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- ZoomSafer, a provider of software to prevent distracted driving, and inthinc, a provider of technology to improve driving behavior, announced 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 percent 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 software combined with inthinc's tiwi 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." According to the companies, 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.