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CSAIL Spin-Off Helps Launch Mayor Walsh's "Boston's Safest Driver" Contest [MIT CSAIL]

October 5, 2016

Boston’s roads may be getting a little safer, thanks to drivers’ mobile phones. Traditionally one of the biggest sources of driver distraction, a new competition from the city of Boston is putting mobile phones to work to measure and improve users’ driving.

CSAIL spin-off Cambridge Mobile Telematics launched “Boston’s Safest Driver Competition,” aimed at improving Boston’s drivers with help from an app they developed, that gives feedback on how safely you’re driving.

Announced by Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Monday, the competition will use a smartphone app to score drivers on behaviors associated with safer driving. Drivers who have the safest records will be eligible for prizes throughout the competition, which runs through December 3.

The competition marks the first time that a city has turned to the emerging technology of telematics — apps and hardware that measure driving behavior— Walsh said at the event in Copley Square.

“We are looking at new technology…and we’re working to educate road users on how to maximize safety.” Walsh said. “I think that’s one of the biggest things we can do is to make sure we educate all people. That’s the area where innovation can help us, and we can even have some fun with it.”

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