SOURCE: LiveDrive, Inc.

May 16, 2006 07:07 ET

Small Company Offers Big Technology for Highway Safety

World's First Full Featured Rear-End Crash Avoidance Training System

COLUMBIA, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 16, 2006 --LiveDrive, Inc. is pleased to announce the commercial availability of its state-of-the-art and low-cost in-vehicle headway distance training system.

EasyDriver™ is an in-vehicle driver training system used to help teach the skill to keep a safe following distance in traffic. EasyDriver™ informs the driver about changes in the forward motion of a leading vehicle, while providing cautionary and imminent warnings about the danger of a headway collision.

Human speech and auditory signals permit the student to remain visually focused on the driving task and on the forward motion of traffic. Instructors adjust settings to demonstrate the conditions that can lead to a rear-end crash.

EasyDriver™ helps to teach the relationship between speed and headway distance; the "where" and "when" to observe changes in leading vehicle motion and by demonstrating "how" driver, vehicle, and roadway factors can interact to cause a forward motion crash.

The training experience is both educational and entertaining, engaging student drivers to take a positive interest in their learning experience. It incorporates over 100 safe driving messages, humorous commentary, and specific feedback about driving behavior.

EasyDriver™ provides assistance to driving schools, parents, and driving coaches who serve as instructors during the supervised and provisional phases of driver licensing. An instructor can extend their supervision by pre-setting EasyDriver™ for use while the student drives alone, thereby providing an instructional companion for novice and intermediate drivers.

Special editions are designed for teenage drivers, driver rehabilitation, older drivers, commercial fleet drivers, emergency vehicle operators, military convoys, and others.

EasyDriver™ is an implementation of U.S. Patent No. 6,679,702. LiveDrive, Inc. has combined hi-tech sensors, new thinking in crash avoidance technology, and principles of learning to produce a unique driver education experience.

LiveDrive's mission is to save lives by enabling public access to an easy-to-use, low-cost, and portable full featured rear-end crash avoidance training system. This technology will likely be standard equipment on vehicles within the next 20 years.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Administration broadly cites that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the U.S. for ages 3-33. Moreover, rear-end crashes are the most prevalent of all crash types, and are over represented by teen drivers.

Previous research has shown that headway crash avoidance training can afford a measurable benefit. We are therefore pleased to offer this educational technology to help reduce the nations most visible and elusive public health problem.

We hope you enjoy reading about EasyDriver™ on our Website: http://www.livedrive.us

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