SF, California (PRWEB) October 30, 2011
Drivia is the first interactive App designed to fight driver fatigue. It is an entertaining trivia game based on voice recognition capabilities that asks the driver questions and provides feedback on whether or not the answers are correct. Drivia is aimed at drivers that have become increasingly bored of spending long hours on the road. The App behaves differently based on the fatigue level of the driver and interacts with the driver by voice only, in order to prevent the driver from falling asleep.
The idea was born when Eldad Ben Tora was making his way home one night, when the driver in the car in front of him started to doze off, and almost caused an accident by hitting the car in the opposite direction.
Being well aware of the threat posed by driver fatigue, not only to him, but to millions of drivers everyday, an idea came to mind; “Why not create an app that will make the driver stay alert while focusing on the road?” Later, a second co-founder came up with another idea. Assaf Mayer was traveling through Australia in a 9 hour bus trip from Sydney when the driver started using radio songs as a trivia game for his passengers to help break the atmosphere of tiredness and boredom.
This is the concept behind Drivia, an App that enables drivers to play with their smart phone without looking at it, while focusing on the road and arriving safely to their destination.
Many mobile app companies have tried to address the issue of driver fatigue and safety by creating Apps that work like alarm clocks, play constant music or even work as a voice recognition device for sending text messages while driving. Drivia takes the angle of a combination of driver safety and entertainment.
The US Department of Transportation reports that 30% of all car accidents are due to driver fatigue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 6,000 sleep related car accidents occur annually in the US, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities. With these numbers increasing drastically every year, keeping the driver alert is not enough anymore. It has become necessary to keep the driver engaged.
Drivia consists of several different categories that appeal to each driver´s interests and knowledge skills. The app also features pre-recorded messages that, based on the drivers´ slow response, engages them with louder and more dynamic alert messages.
Drivia is initially launched in English with future plans to introduce it in markets worldwide.
It is currently available for iPhone and will later be supported by Android and Windows Mobile.