Cork tech whizz de­signs new app that iden­ti­fies best and worst driv­ers

The Corkman - - NEWS - MARIA HER­LIHY

PAR­ENTS can now be able to mon­i­tor the driv­ing of their chil­dren from the com­fort of their arm­chair all thanks to a new app de­signed by a Cork tech ex­pert.

Cork based telem­at­ics ex­pert, Greg McGarry de­vised and launched the Targify driver safety app ear­lier this year.

The Targify Con­nected Car 360 app looks at fac­tors such as speed, harsh brak­ing, ex­ces­sive ac­cel­er­a­tion and harsh cor­ner­ing and ranks driv­ers ac­corid­ngly

The app col­lects driver be­hav­iour in­for­ma­tion on novice driv­ers and sends in­for­ma­tion di­rectly to the smart­phone’s or tablets of their par­ents and guardians.

In­for­ma­tion on the app in­cludes the cur­rent lo­ca­tion of the car, and the max­i­mum speed of the ve­hi­cle of each jour­ney along with a “harsh brak­ing alert,” all of which are a cru­cial in­di­ca­tors of risky driv­ing be­hav­iour.

It also tracks the route of the car and there are ex­ces­sive ac­cel­er­a­tion alerts.

The app can even tell par­ents if their young­sters are tak­ing risks at bends on the road as it can send out a harsh cor­ner­ing alert if the young driv­ers take a cor­ner too quickly, some­thing which can eas­ily cause a novice driver to lose con­trol and crash.

Ev­ery driver reg­is­tered on the app starts with 100 points and from then on points are de­tracted for in­frac­tions and ag­gres­sive driv­ing.

A fi­nal score of one at the end of a jour­ney is classed as “ter­ri­ble driv­ing” while 100 is con­sid­ered “ex­cel­lent.”

Mr McGarry was Com­ment­ing on the CSO’s re­cent Trans­port Om­nibus re­port for 2017 – which found that in 2016 272 men and 186 women aged be­tween 18 and 24 were in­jured on Ire­land’s roads – Mr McGarry said more needs to be done to tackle reck­less driv­ing by younger driv­ers

“In Cork alone, there were 14 road fa­tal­i­ties in 2017 – down from 21 in 2016. There were also 694 peo­ple in­jured on Cork’s roads in 2016,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one is af­fected by dan­ger­ous or risky driv­ing be­hav­iour – but as in­ex­pe­ri­enced and some­times ov­er­en­thu­si­as­tic new driv­ers, we all need to be mind­ful of how young driv­ers be­have on our roads,” Mr McGarry said.

“While there are many sen­si­ble young driv­ers out there, there can be no deny­ing that a cer­tain co­hort can be­have reck­lessly at times, and we need to tackle this is­sue, so that we can im­prove road safety for ev­ery­one,” he said.

The app de­signer was of the view that the par­ents of these young driv­ers cer­tainly have a role to play – but he ad­mits that they can only do so much.

“Ul­ti­mately, we need to in­stil a sense of cau­tion and safety from an early age. Pro­mot­ing good be­hav­iour on our roads and shun­ning speedy and risky driv­ing is im­por­tant – so that it’s not seen as “cool” to drive to fast or reck­lessly – but that it is, in fact, re­garded as dan­ger­ous and fool­ish,” he said.

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