NavStar Technologies Adds Cell Phone Detection Feature to EOBR Hardware
November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature
NavStar Technologies, Inc. has an agreement with Trinity Noble to add cell phone usage detection while driving to its portfolio of Electronic On Board Recorder hardware and services.
"The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing new regulations that would completely ban all hand-held cell phone use by truck and bus drivers while operating commercial vehicles," said N. Douglas Pritt, Chairman & CEO, NavStar Technologies, Inc. "The proposed rule is coming from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the ability to provide this feature in 2012 will be give us a significant competitive advantage."
FMCSA added that its research shows that reaching for a hand-held cell phone while driving makes a commercial truck three times more likely to be involved in a crash, and dialing a hand-held cell phone while driving increases risk of a crash by six times.
Field trials are planned for 2nd Quarter 2012.