January 26, 2012
San Jose, California – A new “driving assistant” has been developed, using GPS to alert potentially distracted drivers through their cell phones when they approach stop lights, railroad and school crossings, and hazardous road conditions. The technology was developed through a partnership of deCarta and Global Mobile Alert.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,000 people were killed last year in distraction-related crashes.
“The attraction of the Global Mobile Alert solution is its elegant simplicity,” said Roger Lanctot, associate director of the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics. “With the application activated, the mobile phone becomes a driving assistant alerting the driver to hazardous road conditions, and it does so simply making use of the device already in the driver’s pocket or pocketbook. A simple download can convert a phone from a potentially dangerous to a potentially life-saving device.”
The application also features a “Pull Over to Text” reminder for drivers to pull over if they receive text messages.
The Global Mobile Alert application is currently available in many areas for $9.99 per year through the Verizon app store and as a download for Android phones. The driver does not have to be on a call for the application to work.