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New Driving Technology Set to Revolutionise Life-Saving Vehicle Safety Suite

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP), a technology solutions pioneer transforming the global connected economy, today announced it has licensed intellectual property from Katasi, a Colorado-based company, to develop network-based distracted driving avoidance technology as a key component of its expanding vehicle safety application suite.

PIF spoke to CalAmp to find out more about distracted driving technology and how it will expand the existing life-saving vehicle safety suite.

How technology builds a safer driving environment

Technology plays an enormous role in creating a safer driving environment. Through CalAmp’s growing suite of road safety micro-services, the company is invested in solutions that reduce risk on the roads and can save lives. There are plans to unveil new and valuable services to across the sector, while at the same time making a positive impact on road safety.

Unlike other distracted driving products on the market, Katasi's patented technology works in accordance with CalAmp telematics products and paired mobile devices to block text messages at the source network level.  This network-based blocking technology assures a more robust distracted driving avoidance solution for any customer whose telematics services are powered by CalAmp technology. It provides a user experience that is seamless to the driver and is automatically engaged while the vehicle is in motion.

The plague of mobile texting and distracted driving

Distracted driving from mobile texting continues to plague commercial fleet operators and consumers, and presents an increasing liability for insurers. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), one in every four motor vehicle crashes involves cell phone use. The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction (CITA) reports that while 98 per cent of drivers surveyed believe that texting while driving is dangerous, 66 per cent admit to doing so.

The CalAmp distracted driving solution will be available as a standalone, over-the-top micro-service or as part of a bundle with other CalAmp services such as CrashBoxx™, LoJack® SureDrive™ and CalAmp's fleet management applications. The micro-services will enable CalAmp to deploy driver safety technology to a large percentage of its telematics device installed base.

CalAmp is committed to leveraging its technology to improve road safety by reducing distractions, encouraging safe driving behaviour and providing a real-time crash response to save lives.  Together for Safer Roads® and CalAmp are collaborating to utilize state-of-the-art telematics and intelligent mobility technology like that enabled by Katasi to minimize driver risk and address strategic road safety challenges.

To learn more about CalAmp's suite of micro-services and safer driving, visit CalAmp today.

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