Drive Safe, Score Well: App is a Driving ‘Report Card’ [WBUR]
It probably surprises no one who’s spent any time on Boston’s roads. But a recent auto industry report confirms a longtime rap on our city: Boston, according to Allstate Insurance, is home to the worst drivers of any major U.S. metro area. And that unfortunate distinction contributes to the global rate of traffic accidents.
A local company is trying to change that. It wants to make roads safer around the world by making safer drivers. Cambridge Mobile Telematics has created an app that monitors driving habits. It then gives you a score and driving tips and may lead to insurance discounts.
“It automatically detects when you’re in the car and driving, it detects when you’ve stopped driving, and then it provides feedback to you,” says founder and chief technology officer Hari Balakrishnan. Basically, he adds, “you get a report card from your phone.”