Mayor Walsh announces safe driver competition for Boston area [WHDH/7 News Boston]
BOSTON (WHDH) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has announced a new smartphone initiative to reward Boston’s safest drivers.
Walsh announced Monday the “Boston’s Safest Driver Competition,” a smartphone-based app that scores drivers on five behaviors associated with safer driving.
Drivers from the metro Boston area are invited to compete for over $9,000 in prizes by downloading the app and practicing safe driving on the roads.
The “Boston Safest Driver” app, developed by Cambridge Mobile Telematics, provides feedback to drivers on five metrics for each trip they take: rapid acceleration, harsh braking, sharp turns, at-risk speeding, and phone distraction. The app logs trips while in the background on the user’s phone, and the driver is alerted afterwards of their score for that trip, told how they did on the different factors, and provided with helpful tips to improve in the future.
The competition allows drivers to challenge their friends, see how they rank in their community and win prizes for improvement each week.
The competition runs until Dec. 3.