SAFETY SYSTEM ®
Integrate with the Connected Car’s infotainment system to distracted alert
drivers while on a voice call.
Global Mobile Alert‘s cellular telephone safety system technology
is available for licensing, for implementation on wireless devices.
Global Mobile Alert, a small start-up started by Demetrius Thompson in 2005, now has patented methods by which drivers will be alerted automatically to road conditions that warrant their full attention. The technology automatically delivers audio and visual alerts to drivers with the goal of mitigating distraction and preventing accidents. The company was founded by Mr. Thompson after he was injured as a pedestrian by a car driven by a distracted driver.
The “connected car” is the future of the automotive industry. In fact, that future is just around the corner. Technology companies and car companies now share the same vision and are collaborating in earnest. The connected car will soon be ubiquitous. It will make driving safer, substantially reducing property damage and, more importantly, injuries to drivers, passengers and pedestrians. It will save lives.
What is a “connected car?” The phrase is evolving as to its scope. Its meaning will expand as technology develops new and better means of wireless communications. Right now, technology exists or is in advanced development that connects vehicles and their drivers with alerts about traffic lights, railroad crossings, school zones, stop signs, approaching vehicles, pedestrians and road hazards.
One of the major causes of accidents on US roads is driver distraction. In this ever-expanding digital era, the greatest trigger of driver distraction that leads to accidents is the driver’s use of a mobile phone while driving.
Global Mobile Alert is one of several companies collaborating with the U.S. Department of Transportation to create a universal standard for, among other things, communicating the phases of traffic lights and other road conditions to drivers using mobile devices, whether hand-held smart phones or wireless devices built into the cars. To avoid over-stimulation (too many alerts during routine driving) the warnings can be pre-set to activate only when the driver is distracted.
Cellular telephone safety system
1. A method for improving safety in using a wireless communication device in a moving vehicle, the wireless communication device having an active voice mode wherein a person is speaking through the wireless communication device, and is capable of receiving a signal indicative of a nearby traffic light, comprising exercising the following steps by means of a computer program operating within the vehicle:
(a) determining if the location of the vehicle is within a predetermined distance from the traffic light;
(b) determining if the vehicle is moving;
(c) determining if the wireless communication device is in an active voice mode; and
(d) issuing an audible alarm in response to determining that (i) the vehicle is within the predetermined distance, (ii) the vehicle is moving, and (ii) the wireless communication device is in an active voice mode, whereby a user of the wireless communication device is warned of proximity to the traffic light.
2. The method of claim 1 including the step of determining if the traffic light is a red light or is calculated to be red by the time the vehicle reaches the intersection.
3. The method of claim 1 wherein the wireless communication device is a cellular telephone.
4. The method of claim 3 wherein the computer program operates within the cellular telephone.
"Sooner or later car makers will leverage contextual information to mitigate and prevent distracted driving in connection with smartphones use. This is the solution that Global Mobile Alert offers." says Roger C. Lanctot,associate director for Strategy Analytic. "Global Mobile Alert has the technology to solve this problem” .