The urgency of the problem of smartphone integration in cars has only been made worse by in-vehicle connectivity systems pushed by Apple (CarPlay) and Alphabet (Android Auto), which further encourage the use of smartphones in cars — but not always in a safe distraction-free scenario. Wireless carriers, as well, have been threatened with litigation by safety advocates for failing to do enough to mitigate distracted driving.
The latest step in this evolution is the emergence of technology and systems for communicating the signal phase and timing of traffic lights to drivers involved in active phone calls when their cars approach intersections at a predetermined distance. Global Mobile Alert is uniquely qualified to help solve the problem of distracted driving. It owns the technology for wirelessly communicating the signal phase and timing (SPAT) of traffic lights to drivers when they are on an active mobile phone call.
This technology sets Global Mobile Alert apart by not only combatting driver distraction, but also introducing a heightened degree of situational awareness and collision avoidance.
At the same time, intelligent transportation companies are working toward the automation of a much larger proportion of intersections in the U.S. and around the world. With one-third of all highway fatalities occurring at intersections, and with increased demand to optimize traffic management, the focus on vehicle-to-infrastructure communications is increasing rapidly.
Global Mobile Alert is in position to take advantage of these advances, which will integrate wireless intersection status (SPAT) communications with in-vehicle systems. Companies including Cubic Transportation Services, Transcore, Iteris, and others are targeting these capabilities in cooperation with state and Federal traffic authorities.
Global Mobile Alert’s technology communicates wirelessly with traffic, school, and emergency signaling systems, allowing mobile devices and vehicle navigation systems to alert drivers of changing conditions and potential hazards – before an accident occurs. This technology is a core building block of today’s fast-growing vehicle-to-everything, or V2X market.
Global Mobile Alert offers two solutions: the Driver Distraction Alert App for Android and Apple mobile devices, and The Solution for partners developing vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, and Smart City offerings .
The Solution allows partners who are developing their own vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, or Smart City solutions to incorporate Global Mobile Alert’s innovative technology. Partners can choose to enable any or all of the following features:
1. Intelligent MAP display
2. Intelligent school Red-light traffic signals display
3. Intelligent school beacons
4. Intelligent rail crossing
5. While on a voice call