So your baby’s turning 16 and anxious to get in the driving seat. And the thought of her behind the wheel with no experience is keeping you awake at night. You’d think that with all the advancements in technology, the road would be a safer place. But until we get personalized helicopters to fit our budgets, it’s just getting busier and busier out there.
And a more congested road makes for a higher number of accidents. Not trying to fuel your anxieties further, but there are still more traffic accidents in the U.S. every year than any other developed country. In fact, the biggest killer among teens isn’t drug abuse, gun crime, or disease. It’s motor vehicle accidents. But seeing as it’s a criminal offense to lock your daughter in her room until she’s older, you’re going to have to give her wings. Or rather, wheels.
Luckily, automobile safety technology company, CarVi, is working to reduce accidents and make the road a safer place. At a price you can actually afford. This Silicon Valley startup is passionate about bringing accidents down to zero. Amy Ching, Senior Data Scientist, enthuses: "Our goal is to put CarVi in every car and make sure that all drivers have the best technology available to prevent accidents and save lives." Now that’s music to any perturbed parent’s ears.
Eliminating unnecessary accidents
Of the 1.3 million people who die on the roads every year, the majority are down to human error. The saddest fact of all is that most of these deaths can be avoided. So, in an age where a robot can order your shopping, answer your phone calls and even replace your lawyer; why is the margin for human error still so unacceptably high? Why can’t we do more about eradicating these needless deaths on our roads?
A lot of it has to do with cost. Self-driving cars are out of the budget of most everyday Americans, with the driverless technology alone costing upwards of $70,000 (on top of the price of the car). This is where CarVi is stepping in to bring the price of this technology down and make road security accessible to all.
"We have created the most affordable safe driving technology," says Ching. Rather than faced with astronomical prices beyond our budgets, the CarVi device will retail at around the $300 mark. It will help reduce accidents at the same time as empowering people to become better drivers.
Turning your vehicle into a smart car
You know your chromecast? That little gadget that makes your television smart? Think of CarVi a little like that, except for your car. Making use of artificial intelligence to provide real time data to make your vehicle reactive and intelligent. When so many causes of collision are down to something as simple as getting distracted and coming out of lane, CarVi’s Lane Departure Warning can prevent this from happening.
There is also a Forward Collision Warning System that can detect unexpected objects in the road ahead, and stop you from tailgating the driver in front. And for times when you’re driving with reduced visibility, or at night, the sensors will kick in like an extra pair of eyes. This technology stops two vehicles from getting too close and prevents collisions.
Teaching your kids to become better drivers
The benefits of CarVi technology don’t stop at showing your kids when it’s safe to change lanes or if they’re getting too close to the car in front. This device also works to create a program that teaches them to become better drivers. Which means not only do you get to avoid those extra painstaking practice sessions, but you can actually supervise their behavior on the road.
The system sends feedback of driver reactions and patterns that highlight areas to be improved. For example, your child may have a tendency to drift to the right. You may have told them about it 100 times. But when they see the data recorded and sent to their smartphone, it actually starts to sink in. You can also monitor other metrics and keep their speeding in check. No more worrying about reckless driving.
So if your first-born’s all grown up and about to get behind the wheel, now you have a technology that acts like a responsible adult by her side. Except, without the nervous yelling and mother/daughter arguments that follow.