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Zendrive

April 06, 2015 09:00 ET

Zendrive Launches First Smartphone-Based Automobile Accident Detection Service

Technology Enables Companies to Build Services and Apps Which Alert Emergency Services, Tow Trucks, or Loved Ones...From Your Pocket

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 6, 2015) - Zendrive, the Driver-Centric Analytics company, announced today the availability of Zendrive Accident Detection, the first service which instantly determines that an automobile accident has taken place at a particular location, using only the sensors of a smartphone. Companies integrating the technology into their mobile apps and services can then offer features to notify emergency services, tow trucks, or loved ones, or just mitigate their own insurance liability on the road.

"Tracking driver safety is an ongoing benefit of ZenFleets, but sometimes the need is for something more immediate," said Jonathan Matus, CEO of Zendrive. "When an accident occurs, you want to know about it instantly so you can make sure the driver gets the help they need or notify a loved one. Fleet owners will eventually have the opportunity to mitigate insurance risk with the proper data collection."

"With this announcement, we're targeting a number of industries, including the On Demand economy, driving schools, roadside assistance and towing companies, car dealerships, and more," added Matus. "Together, these industries span millions of drivers worldwide and we hope that Zendrive Accident Detection will have a meaningful impact on road safety, globally."

The technology was refined by repeatedly putting phones into crash-test cars and normal cars on roads, and testing and refining the models on both "accidents" (crash-test collisions) and non-accident events (such as hard brakes, phone drops, etc), until the software had a 100% accuracy rate. There were no instances of false positives or false negatives.

"BMW is committed to safety on the roads. We supported our portfolio company, Zendrive, by giving them access to our accident testing facilities in order to improve their accident detection algorithms. We are excited to cooperate with Zendrive to improve road safety on this and future projects," said Dr. Ulrich Quay, Head of BMW i Ventures.

Zendrive Accident Detection is initially available for iOS, with the Android version available soon. The service is now available to developers at www.zendrive.com/developers and can be added to any iPhone app in less than 30 minutes.

Early customers integrating Zendrive's Accident Detection into their apps and services include:

Urgent.ly
Urgent.ly is America's leading on-demand roadside assistance app allowing customers to track the real-time progress of their service request on a map. "By adding Zendrive's innovative Accident Detection technology to Urgent.ly's platform, we will now be able to quickly detect if our customers have been in an accident, immediately ask them if they need emergency or roadside assistance and then quickly connect them to the nearest available help. Adding Zendrive to our platform allows Urgent.ly to futher our goals of providing drivers the quickest help at their immediate moment of need and lead innovation in the roadside assistance industry," said Surendra Goel, co-founder and CTO of Urgent.ly.

eDriving
"With over 10 million customers and counting, eDriving is the leader in digital driving education and behind-the-wheel training through its DriversEd.com and iDriveSafely.com brands," said Celia Stokes, CEO of eDriving. "Driving is a powerful rite of passage -- but becoming a safe driver takes both the right training and time behind the wheel. Our mission is to build smart, crash-free drivers. We are intent on using the power of emerging telematic technologies to support both the teens and their parents through the entire process in ways that were not possible even five years ago. By integrating Zendrive Accident Detection into our apps, we are increasing peace of mind that these new drivers will be safe no matter what."

Luxe
Luxe is the leader of the fast growing on-demand valet parking space -- the service will pick up and park cars anywhere in San Francisco and LA, soon Chicago, Seattle and Boston. "We are committed to make sure that our valets are the safest in the business," said Craig Martin, co-founder and CTO. "We want to reassure customers that their car is always in good hands, and one of the ways we do that is use Zendrive's driver analytics. The platform, with the new collision detection feature allows us to shorten response times and limit our insurance liability in case anything happens, keeping an objective data-driven record that our valet was driving cautiously at the time."

HopSkipDrive
HopSkipDrive is a ride service designed to help busy parents get their kids where they need to go when parents can't do the driving themselves. "Safety is our top priority, so we're always looking at ways to raise the bar even higher with the latest safety advancements," said Joanna McFarland, CEO of HopSkipDrive. "Whether it's our 15-point certification process, or ensuring that we have immediate responses to any event or parental need -- HopSkipDrive is designed to give parents the utmost confidence to entrust us with their children. That's something we fully understand and appreciate, since we're parents, too."

About Zendrive

Founded in 2013 and based in San Francisco, CA, Zendrive makes driving better, safer, and more efficient for everyone through improved data and analytics. Using mobile tech and big data, its flagship service ZenFleets brings driver-centric analytics to the On-Demand driving economy, i.e. rideshare, carshare, taxi, valet and last-mile services. Zendrive Accident Detection is the company's newest service. Investors include First Round Capital, BMW i Ventures, Bill Ford's Fontinalis Partners, as well as founders of Yahoo, PayPal, and GenRe reinsurance. For more information about Zendrive, visit www.zendrive.com, and follow @zendrive on Twitter.

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