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iOnRoad Turns Your Old Car into a High-Tech Safety Machine

Posted by Alan at 9:14 PM on February 24, 2012

The slogan “Turn your smartphone into a personal driving assisstant” should give you a quick overview of exactly what iOnRoad is all about.  The smartphone app works in conjunction with the camera in your phone to watch what is going on in front of you and warn you of things like if you are getting too close to another vehicle or of lane drift.

The app is built to work in all light conditions, including at night, and gives audio alerts when it detects any dangers.  iOnRoad claims the app uses 30 percent less battery power than your mapping app.  The iOnRoad app is currently free, but will be $9.99 soon.  You can find it in the Android Market, but it will be coming to iPhone later as well.  There are a lot more cool little features to this, but you will have to watch the video below to learn about them.  You can find out more at iOnRoad.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Cellcontrol: Safe Driving

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 7:38 PM on February 12, 2011

One of the biggest problems today is the use of cellphones by people driving. Todd Cochrane spoke to Chuck Cox CEO of Cellcontrol about their solution to this problem at CES 2011. It is a three part solution. The first part of the solution is to integrate the program directly into the vehicle. When the vehicle moves the program is activated. It then sends a message through bluetooth to the cellphones in the car.

The program is supported by a most major cellphones and other devices. The program and policies are easy to setup and manage. The policies are also very customizable depending on what is the safety policy of the company or individual is. Cellcontrol is targeting companies with large fleets first, before moving into the direct consumer market. Businesses not only have to worry about accidents causing higher insurance and law suits, but also about the company reputation.

According to Mr. Cox twenty eight percent of all accidents involve someone using a cellphone, Driving and texting is 4x more likely to cause a accident then driving while drunk. People are going to use cellphones in their car, the question is how do we make it safer.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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Anti Sleep Pilot for Tired Drivers

Posted by Andrew at 9:52 AM on January 22, 2011

According to a report in the British Medical Journal, a tired driver is eight times more likely to drive badly than one who is well rested. The Anti Sleep Pilot is small gadget that can help drivers stay alert and avoid drifting off to sleep.  The ASP monitors your driving using accelerometers and reactions to small tests, and based on your performance recommends when you should pull over for a rest.

This could be a genuine lifesaver. Available from around $220 in the summer.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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