eDriving, a Solera company and provider of digital driver risk management solutions, announced a new international collaboration with Bosch Service Solutions, a provider for technology-based emergency call services and solutions, and Sfara, supplier of smartphone-based collision detection and personal safety technology.
As a result of the collaboration, the Bosch emergency call service using the patented Sfara Automatic Crash Detection and Personal SOS technology will be integrated into eDriving's driver safety app, Mentor.
With around 10 years of experience, Bosch is a pioneer in the emergency call (eCall) service for vehicles. In the event of a collision, Bosch eCall services and technology automatically establishes a voice connection to an emergency call point, where a service expert responds and coordinates quick help. This helps to save lives.
The eCall service from Bosch currently supports more than 20 million vehicles connected to its platform and processes 1.7 million emergency calls per year, according to the company. The service is available in more than 50 countries and multiple languages. With the integration of the patented Sfara technology, eCall and crash detection are now available in a smartphone-based solution.
Sfara's on-device crash detection technology recognizes collisions and suppresses false positives, according to the company. Bosch's dedicated international emergency call service centers facilitate a highly efficient emergency response process to dispatch assistance and/or support drivers in cases of an emergency. Through the Personal SOS feature powered by Sfara and Bosch Service Solutions, this same global assistance is now available to individuals whenever they feel unwell or concerned that their safety is at risk. Mentor's integrated solution embodies a holistic approach that ultimately will expand beyond personal safety to include roadside driver and vehicle assistance, and accident and claims management.
According to the World Health Organization, between 20 and 50 million crash-related injuries occur worldwide each year. Often crash-related injuries leave drivers stranded, or worse, unconscious, and unable to call for help when every second counts.
"As a result of the collaboration between eDriving, Bosch and Sfara, organizations can protect their employees and contractors 24/7 from such circumstances should a crash occur while driving for work purposes," said Ed Dubens, CEO/Founder of eDriving. "Of course, the primary goal of driver risk management is to prevent collisions from occurring in the first place, but this technology means that, if a collision does happen, organizations can feel confident that prompt emergency response is moments away, and that their commitment to employees' personal safety and security is clearly demonstrated."
With 25 years of experience in driver risk management, eDriving works with sales, service, and delivery fleets, supporting over 1.2 million drivers in 125 countries with digital driver risk management solutions. Sfara provides its patented AI technology with industry-leading accuracy and speed to connect Mentor users with Bosch's emergency call dispatch services.
Mentor by eDriving SM is a smartphone-based digital driver safety app that uses telematic sensors in iOS and Android smartphones to collect and analyse data on driving behaviors most predictive of risk. Driver on-road performance is converted into an individual FICO Safe Driving Score, which has been validated to predict the likelihood of a driver being involved in a collision. Engaging eLearning modules are automatically provided to drivers, and additional coaching invitations are generated for the driver and their manager to meet - virtually or in-person - based on trigger events and/or score thresholds.
eDriving collects data with the consent of the driver and their employer. The data is used solely for the purpose of protecting the safety of those who drive for work purposes, as part of a corporate driver and fleet risk management program. Drivers can elect to have designated emergency contacts (e.g., next of kin) notified in the event of an emergency.