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Dekra: ADAC Truckservice und SafeDrivePod kooperieren

Der ADAC Truckservice nimmt das System ab Oktober in sein Programm auf und Kunden können es dann zu einem geringen Pauschalpreis optional buchen.

Telefonieren während der Fahrt ist weiterhin via Freisprecheinrichtung möglich. Im Notfall lässt sich auch über eine integrierte SOS-Funktion telefonisch Hilfe rufen und Navigations-Apps sind weiterhin nutzbar.

„Es macht einen Unterschied, über die Folgen von Ablenkung am Steuer zu lesen oder es mitzuerleben. Unsere Pannenhelfer sehen die katastrophalen Folgen tagtäglich in der Praxis“, sagt Dirk Fröhlich, Geschäftsführer des ADAC Truckservice, Laichingen. Der ADAC wolle die Umwelt dafür sensibilisieren, dass es auch mit einfachen Mitteln möglich sei, die Verkehrssicherheit deutlich zu erhöhen.

SafeDrivePod
Das SafeDrivePod-System besteht aus einem Sender, einer App und einem Onlineportal. Im Fahrzeug an eine beliebige Stelle gelegt, registriert der Pod Motorschwingungen und verbindet sich per Bluetooth mit der App, sobald das Fahrzeug gestartet wird – dann blockiert das System den Bildschirm des Mobiltelefons. Steht das Fahrzeug länger als 10 Sekunden, wird der Bildschirm wieder freigeschaltet. Deaktiviert der Fahrer das System, erhalten Flottenmanager und Fahrer eine SMS- oder E-Mail-Benachrichtigung. Ein Tracking ist nicht möglich, da der Pod nicht über GPS verfügt. Der SafeDrivePod sei nach Angaben des Herstellers sowohl für Android als auch für iOS erhältlich und eigne sich gleichermaßen für Pkw, Lkw und Busse. Seine Batterielaufzeit reicht bei dem kleineren Pkw-Sender etwa 150.000 Kilometer und bei Lkw und Bussen rund eine Million Kilometer.

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ADAC Truckservice kooperiert mit SafeDrivePod

In fünf Sekunden legt ein Lkw bei 90 Stundenkilometern eine Strecke von 125 Metern zurück. Beschäftigt sich der Fahrer mit dem Smartphone anstatt auf die Straße schauen, können schwere Unfälle passieren.

„Es macht einen Unterschied, über die Folgen von Ablenkung am Steuer zu lesen oder es mitzuerleben. Unsere Pannenhelfer sehen die katastrophalen Folgen tagtäglich in der Praxis. Wir wollen dafür sensibilisieren, dass es auch mit einfachen Mitteln möglich ist, die Verkehrssicherheit deutlich zu erhöhen“, sagt Dirk Fröhlich, Geschäftsführer des ADAC Truckservice, Laichingen.

Um für mehr Verkehrssicherheit zu sorgen, nimmt der ADAC Truckservice ab Oktober das SafeDrivePod-System des gleichnamigen niederländischen Anbieters in sein Programm auf. SafeDrivePod sorgt dafür, dass das Smartphone während des Fahrens nicht benutzt werden kann. Es besteht aus einem kleinen Sender, einer App und einem Onlineportal. Der Sender wird im Fahrzeug an eine beliebige Stelle gelegt. Er verfügt über einen Vibrationssensor, der Motorschwingungen registriert. Sobald das Fahrzeug gestartet wird, verbindet sich der Pod über Bluetooth mit der App und blockiert den Bildschirm des Mobiltelefons.

Telefonieren ist weiterhin über die Freisprecheinrichtung möglich und im Notfall kann über eine integrierte SOS-Funktion telefonisch Hilfe gerufen werden. Auch Navigations-Apps sind weiterhin nutzbar. Steht das Fahrzeug länger als 10 Sekunden, wird der Bildschirm wieder freigeschaltet.

Von Vorteil ist SafeDrivePod vor allem für den Einsatz in Flotten. Wird es vom Fahrer deaktiviert, erhalten der Flottenmanager sowie der Fahrer eine SMS- oder E-Mail-Benachrichtigung. Zudem zeigt das Onlineportal an, wie die Pods in einer Flotte genutzt werden. Ein Tracking ist nicht möglich, da der Pod nicht über GPS verfügt.

SafeDrivePod ist sowohl für Android als auch für iOS erhältlich und eignet sich für den Einsatz in Pkw, Lkw und Bussen. Seine Batterielaufzeit reicht bei dem kleineren Pkw-Sender etwa 150.000 Kilometer und rund eine Million Kilometer bei Lkw und Bussen. Er ist künftig von ADAC Truckservice-Kunden für einen geringen Pauschalpreis optional buchbar.

Die Benutzung des Handys am Steuer gehört – obwohl gesetzlich verboten – zu den Hauptgefahrenquellen im Straßengüterverkehr und gilt mittlerweile als Unfallursache Nummer 1 in Deutschland. Einer Studie des Virginia Tech Transportation Institute zufolge ist ein Drittel aller Lkw-Unfälle auf abgelenkte Fahrer zurückzuführen. Auch der wirtschaftliche Schaden ist beachtlich. Nach Schätzungen von Versicherungsgesellschaften werden mittlerweile 25 Prozent der Gesamtkosten von Schadensfällen von Lkw-Fahrern verursacht, die durch ihr Smartphone abgelenkt sind. Wird ein Fahrer mit dem Handy am Ohr oder in der Hand erwischt, sind ein Bußgeld von 100 Euro sowie ein Punkt in Flensburg fällig, bei Verkehrsgefährdung drohen 150 Euro plus zwei Punkte und ein Monat Fahrverbot.

Den ganzen Artikel lesen: https://www.adac.de/produkte/truck-service/presse/meldungen/safedrivepod/

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App for that: Smartphone-distraction-avoidance assist

“NexTraq’s MobileBlock helps to stop smartphone-based distractions behind the wheel,” said Todd Hanna, vice president of sales for NexTraq. “In many states and municipalities, using smartphones and tablets while driving is against the law.” For commercial drivers nationally, regulations prohibit utilizing mobile devices to make calls unless using in hands-free mode.

Of device use, Hanna added, “It can be dangerous. MobileBlock is a solution that can keep the driver and crew safe while at work.”

Available in the United States and Canada, MobileBlock is a small, self-adhering pod that is mounted in the vehicle. An app is downloaded from the App Store or Google Play to the tablets or smartphones used by the driver of the vehicle. The software shuts off all access to apps while driving.

Emergency call and navigations apps are still usable with the tool installed.

Source: Overdrive

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We’re proud to announce our partnership with Nextraq.

A key part of Michelin’s international telematics offerings, the group boasts over 2,000 employees, serving more than 70,000 customers, with over 850,000 vehicles utilizing telematics solutions, worldwide. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, NexTraq’s history of ongoing design innovation and industry firsts matches perfectly with Michelin’s vision, “A better way forward.”

 

https://www.nextraq.com/services/distracted-driving/

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Time: Why We Can't Stop Texting and Driving

Even more alarming: studies showed that the presence of passengers, even child passengers, didn’t seem to deter drivers from using their shiny new toys.

Distracted driving crashes began to spike, safety campaigns were launched, and now the warnings are everywhere. Signs, billboards, stickers, television and radio ads, even paid search results. The messages use every imaginable hook: statistics, tragic stories, disturbing crash pictures, even analogies between smartphones, booze and guns.

But 10 years later, as the crash numbers continue to rise, we’re realizing that the safety campaigns have produced humble results. Recent follow-up studies show that, despite our efforts to curb the practice, drivers in the U.S. use their phones on roughly 88% of all trips and more than half of all young drivers reported engaging in hands-on, head-down reading or typing during the past 30 days. As one journalist summarized these findings about who’s still using their phone in the car: “Damn near everybody … damn near all the time.”

Drivers ignore the warnings and continue to use their phones for a simple reason: they’re just not convinced that it’s all that dangerous. To understand why, we need to reflect on how humans evaluate risk. When going about our everyday affairs, we use our common sense and our experience to guide us. The first time we have what feels like an urgent text or email to answer while driving, we give it a shot and see how it goes. After a few tries, it seems to work out just fine. After all, when we’re using our phone, we think that if something unusual happens right before our very eyes, we’re going to notice it. Even when we go head-down to text or use an app, we know that we can switch our attention between road and phone, and that we can look up more frequently when we notice that traffic is getting worse. When we’re stopped at a red light, we can pick up our phone and then put it back down again when the light turns green. These are the powerful common sense notions that guide us through everyday life on the road.

The problem with these common sense notions is that for the most part they’re wrong. Despite our intuitions to the contrary, our attention will not be instantly grabbed by that disaster unfolding in front of us even when we’re looking in that direction. A famous experiment involving a gorilla illustrated how we’re really not good at noticing things that we’re not specifically looking for, and that having our eyes pointed at something is only the first step toward “seeing” it. But what about looking up from our phone more frequently when traffic gets thick? Unfortunately, our common sense notions don’t reflect how deeply entrenched we get when we’re engaged in something interesting. When the latest news pops up on our phone, sometimes we’re a little distracted and sometimes we’re gone. Driving studies demonstrate that us noticing when traffic gets worse is far from a guarantee and that sometimes when we pick up our phones we’re not even consciously aware that we’re doing it. But how about texting at the light? What could possibly be wrong with that? Well, when we put down our phones and return our attention to the driving task, it can actually take almost a half a minute for our brains to reorient and resume processing what our eyes are looking at once again.

The time has come to address this problem at its source. We need to realign our common sense notions with the truth about our powerful, creative but sometimes fallible minds. We need to understand that our attention-paying abilities amount to something less than a swivel-mounted, multidirectional surveillance apparatus. That we err and miss things a bit more often than we care to admit. And that the hazards presented by our newest of innovations can be subtle, hidden, or even invisible — far outstripping our abilities to reason about them in simple ways.

But how do we get millions of people to study the user’s guide to their own injury-prone minds? We’ll have to launch safety campaigns to orient us to the very idea that our minds simply don’t work the way we think they do. We’ll have to train parents to provide the psychological rationale behind their advice and admonitions to children. We’ll have to convince schools to teach our kids the basics of how our fallible minds work. Manufacturers of cars and phones alike will need to better foresee misuses that spring from our erroneous beliefs, and provide more detailed warnings about how things might go wrong when lockout safety features aren’t possible.

We have reached a technological tipping point. These are not problems we will be able to ignore for much longer. Aside from the rising distracted driving statistics, we will continue to invent new technologies that will stretch our common sense notions to their limits and beyond. Soon we will have wearable devices that allow us to look out at the “real world” through layers of augmented reality. Autonomous cars won’t save us. Some experts say that it might be another 75 years before we have the robot car that we’re all dreaming about today. And when we finally do, what will prevent a distracted pedestrian from stepping out in front of one? We will have to make our move soon — a move beyond hanging a sign on the wall or a billboard by the side of the road. Our more sophisticated world will demand a more sophisticated understanding of ourselves.

Source: Time

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The Safe Driver: Removing the temptations of checking messages while driving

We go through life often being tempted by things we know aren’t good for us. The rich foods when we know we shouldn’t eat them, the expensive items at the store we know we should not buy and of course, using our cell phones while driving when we know it’s a distraction. For many people, it’s tough to ignore these temptations. Wouldn’t it be helpful if there was something that could help avoid them? Well, when it comes to the temptation of using the phone while driving, there is help.

I’m always looking for things that would help drivers remain safe on the roads. I came across a cool product from safedrivepod.com that locks the screen of your phone automatically while you’re driving. This stops you from knowing when you’ve got messages as it shuts off access to any apps you have on your phone while you’re in motion. This ensures you won’t hear any incoming messages while you’re driving. In many cases, if you don’t get distracted by the beeps, buzz or ring, you may forget about it and focus on driving.

The safedrivepod allows you to make hands free calls through your Bluetooth if your vehicle is equipped, but that’s about it. After all, we are trying to help you avoid the temptation, so this is a much needed step. The phone can be unlocked after being still for roughly 20 seconds, which will allow the user to receive their messages after they’ve reached their destination.

It’s a very simple process actually. The pod is the size of a quarter, just a little thicker. It needs to be mounted anywhere within the vehicle; the console, the glove box, anywhere. Once you enter the vehicle, it sends out a wireless signal from pod to app to indicate when the vehicle is in motion. You don’t have to do anything to your own phone before driving. From there, you’re all set to drive and will be less distracted by your cell phone.

As an additional perk, there is an administrative page you can view online. If you’re using the pod for a family member or employee, you’ll see how they’re doing with their driving, how many calls they made and if they turned off their Bluetooth off during the drive. This can give you enough information to have a discussion with them and stress the importance of remaining focused on the driving task each time they’re behind the wheel. However, sometimes mistakes do happen and the Bluetooth may have been turned off in error. A text message/email will then be sent to the user to remind them it should be turned on.

Before I recommend any items which can help individuals to become safer drivers, I like to test them out. That’s exactly what I did with safedrivepod. It stopped me from being immediately notified of incoming messages until I was safely at my destination. I tested it out for a week and was please with the results. Although I don’t have the temptation of checking my phone for messages while driving, knowing it will block messages from showing up immediately on a phone is the proof I need to know it will help many drivers. It just makes sense to use the tools out there to help you avoid the temptations.

Source: The Safe Drive

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SafeDrivePod Associate Sponsor Motor Insurance World 2019

Insurance Post’s Motor Insurance World 2019 will explore the key issues currently facing the motor insurance sector including the future of telematics and the shared economy.

 

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Ten million drivers using phones at wheel, despite higher penalties, study says

Research by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) said 47% of motorists aged between 25 and 34 admitted making or receiving calls while driving, up seven percent from the previous year.

A quarter (25%) of drivers in all age groups - equivalent to 10m people - said they had done so, an increase of one point from 24% in 2017.

The RAC found 36% of motorists in the 25-34 age group and 29% of those between 35 and 44 used a phone to send texts, post on social media or check emails while driving, a 10% rise on the previous year and back to the same level as in 2016.

Thirty-nine percent of drivers in the 35-44 age group admitted to making or receiving calls while driving, and 54% said they do so while stationary.

Almost a third of drivers (30%) aged 25 to 34 admit to taking photos, selfies or videos while driving, more than double the proportion of all drivers who do this (16%).

The worst area is London, where 52% of drivers say they make or take calls using a handheld phone while driving, up 16% from 2017 and higher than in 2016 (47%).

Full article: https://news.sky.com/story/ten-million-drivers-using-phones-at-wheel-despite-higher-penalties-study-says-11671188

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Brussels: Will smartphones be forbidden while driving?

Despite the various awareness campaigns in the past, many drivers in Brussels (as in Athens) continue to use their smartphone while driving, forcing authorities to launch actions for initiatives that combine road safety with the digital dimension. The selected programs may include a phone blocking system as soon as the car starts to move. As a first step, it will be a voluntary program, according to Bianca Debaets , Minister of the Interior of the Government for Road Safety and Digital Change.

Smartphone blocking can be achieved by using the SafeDrivePod application , which requires drivers to install a small device in the passenger compartment and download the SafeDrivePod application on the smartphone. Once turned on, the pod locks the smartphone screen as soon as the vehicle exceeds 10km / h. SafeDrivePod allows drivers to use their smartphone through their hands-free kit.

Full article: https://fleetnews.gr/vryxelles-tha-apagoreysoyn-ta-smartphones-kata-tin-odigisi/

Source and photo: Fleetnews.gr

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