The technology company CalAmp has announced it has licensed intellectual property from Katasi to develop network-based distracted driving avoidance technology.
It says this will become a key component of its expanding vehicle safety application suite and is because distracted driving from mobile texting continues to “plague” commercial fleet operators and consumers, and presents increasing liability for insurers, quoting figures from the National Safety Council which show one in four motor vehicle crashes involve cell phone use.
Katasi’s patented technology will work with CalAmp telematics products and paired mobile devices to block text messages at the source network level which the company says assures a more robust distracted driving avoidance solution for any customer whose telematics services are powered by CalAmp technology.
“Technology plays an enormous role in creating a safer driving environment, and through our growing suite of road safety micro-services, CalAmp is invested in bringing to market solutions to reduce risk on the roads that can save lives,” said Michael Burdiek, president and chief executive officer for CalAmp. “We’re looking forward to unveiling new and valuable services to our enterprise customers and LoJack subscribers while at the same time making a positive impact on road safety.”
“We all can attest from personal experience that distracted driving is now an epidemic. The business and social costs are staggering; each collision, each loss of life, all the more heartbreaking from a cause that is often simply the temptation to stay connected and not miss out,” added Scott Tibbitts, CEO of Katasi. “With CalAmp we are partnering with a leadership team and company similarly committed to provide a truly effective solution to distracted driving avoidance. By deploying their technologies in partnership with US Telco’s and Katasi, we can stop distractions before they reach a drivers phone. We are honored and excited to be working with Michael Burdiek and CalAmp, contributing to “The New How” for saving lives, and making this important technology available to CalAmp customers.”
“Advanced distracted driving technology has tremendous potential to prevent collisions and save lives,” said David Braunstein, president of Together for Safer Roads. “We applaud CalAmp for showing their leadership in the road safety community once again. By encouraging adoption across their large vehicle installed base, this move has potential to make a life-saving technology commonplace.”