Thursday, October 16, 2014

MOTOsafety Helps Parents Monitor Teen Drivers

From: GPS World


Agilis Systems, LLC, a provider of GPS-based software solutions for businesses, now offers MOTOsafety Teen Driving Coach — a specialty consumer product designed to help parents monitor location and driving behaviors of their teenage drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), inexperience and speeding are top contributors to teen automobile accidents. The team at Agilis recognized this as an opportunity to leverage the company’s experience improving safety ratings of professional drivers to develop a similar product that would help young drivers become better, safer drivers.

Expanding Agilis’ product line to include a consumer product that will help teens stay safer on the roads was an easy step to take, says Agilis Systems’ President and CEO, David Barford. “Most of us here at MOTOsafety are parents. I, myself, am the father of four children. I know the stress and worry you feel as a parent the first time you hand the keys to a new driver. So evolving our technology from business use to helping safeguard and teach our kids… absolutely. It was a must-do.”

Agilis Systems developed MOTOsafety in collaboration with a former police officer and driving school owner and an advisory board of parents.

MOTOsafety was first offered to the public with a soft launch in 2011. Today, MOTOsafety is the largest and most trusted GPS teen-driving product on the market.

MOTOsafety is a web-based software and mobile app that provides parents with real-time and historical information on their child’s daily driving habits. Data is collected using a small GPS device that installs directly into the vehicle. Customers may choose between a removable plug-in tracker or a hard-wired option. Both devices are small in size, easy to install, and are not visible in most vehicles.

Parents login to secure web-based software to review daily reports on speed, rapid acceleration, harsh braking, routes traveled, and times and locations of driving activities. The MOTOsafety software also allows parents the option to set approved driving hours and designate geofences — customizable, virtual mapped boundaries where their child may or may not travel. Parents may also opt to receive real-time text or email alerts if their teen driver violates speed limits or other established rules, or if the MOTOsafety device is removed from the vehicle.

Another MOTOsafety feature is the Daily Driver Report Card. This specially designed report provides a summary of the prior day’s driving activity in a familiar letter-grade format. The Report Card is automatically emailed each day, and serves as a coaching tool for parents to review with their child and facilitate on-going conversation on his or her driving performance, safe driving practices, and goals for improvement.