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Device Helps Parents Start a Conversation About Safe Driving with Their Teens

08 August 2017

Bouncie has announced the launch of its connected vehicle device that helps improve teen driver safety.

The Bouncie device. (Source: Bouncie)The Bouncie device. (Source: Bouncie)

Teenagers have the highest crash rate per mile traveled of any drivers. Teen driving accidents are preventable when parents are open and converse with their children about safe driving, and use a connected vehicle device.

The Bouncie smart-device plugs into the on-board diagnostics (OBD) port of a vehicle through a smartphone app. The app is a simple way to view the information the device retrieves. Bouncie collects useful information like trip histories, driving habits and vehicle location while monitoring the vehicle's maintenance and diagnostics.

The crash risk for teen drivers is the highest during the first year after receiving a license. Teens' lack of experience makes them more likely to underestimate dangerous situations and commit critical decision errors that can lead to accidents. Bouncie provides real-time insights into driving habits like hard braking, rapid acceleration, average speed and trip history.

Crash risk is also high at night. Driving at night is more dangerous for drivers of all ages, but night crash rate is highest for teen drivers. Bouncie can help parents enforce a curfew by sending alerts when the driver uses the car past a certain time of the day.

Another huge crash risk for teens is on weekends and during the summer when they are out of school. During these times, they spend more time on the road, which increases crash risk. Parents can be aware of this risk by using Bouncie and the app to create driving zones called Geo-Circles. When a vehicle leaves the Geo-Circles, the app will send the parents a notification.

To purchase the Bouncie device, visit the Bouncie site. The accompanying app is available in the Google Play Store and the App Store.

To contact the author of this article, email Siobhan.Treacy@ieeeglobalspec.com


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