System lowers distracted driving risks

Tango Networks has introduced its Responsible Driver System (RDS) for operators of fleet and commercial vehicles, a mobile phone control system that reduces distracted driving risks.

This system is a breakthrough in enforcing safer driving policies for operators of fleets and transit systems, logistics, transport, field service companies, and others with commercial vehicles.

It gives fleet operators’ IT staff direct control over driver usage of mobile phone voice, text and data communications, based on highly flexible policies.

Using Tango Networks’ patented technology, RDS embeds enforcement of usage policies in the wireless network itself. That means drivers cannot bypass usage restrictions except in emergencies or other exceptions permitted by the company.

RDS complements “do not disturb” and other usage-blocking features on mobile phones, such as recent enhancements in Apple’s iPhone and similar features in Android phones.

“Policies can be determined by the company, based on vehicle speed, time of day, locations and other parameters,” said Andrew Silver, chief technology officer and co-founder of Tango Networks. “Inbound calls can be handled via specific steps that maintain safety at all times.”

For example, a fleet operator can set up RDS to reroute incoming calls to the driver’s phone to go instead to a designated live support line or voicemail. The system can send a tone to the driver’s mobile device to indicate an urgent call, which can be retrieved once the vehicle is parked.

Not only can RDS help save lives, it gives fleet operators a tool to emphasize and enforce safe operations, limiting their liability and potentially leading to reduced insurance costs.

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