As a new driver, Autobeacon's founder Dan Dvoskin got into a car accident with four friends in his car. Prior to that, a friend died in a car accident. Further research uncovered alarming statistics about new drivers.
It became clear that dangerous and distracting driving among teens was a pervasive problem.
The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19 year olds than any other age group. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, new drivers are almost three times more likely to be in a fatal car crash than drivers aged 20 or older. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death in this group.
Graduated Drivers License (GDL) laws exist in all 50 states and they restrict new drivers with respect to:
- Number of passengers
- Seatbelt use
- Cell phone use
- Nighttime driving curfew
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
GDL Laws are great on paper, but difficult to enforce in practice.
Dvoskin invented autobeacon to address irresponsible teen driving and non-compliance with GDL laws.
As a freshman at The University of Connecticut, Dvoskin came up with the original concept for autobeacon. He filed for a patent and iterated the product many times until it included all necessary features at a reasonable price and a convenient user experience. He then took the product and business to the 2015 Innovation Quest incubator program at UConn and won first place.
Innovation Quest helped evolve the idea into a product that delivers real value to users while helping solve a substantial social problem. autobeacon received considerable support from the UConn entrepreneurial community and other start-up resources offered by the State of Connecticut.
What is Autobeacon?
autobeacon is a device + app installed in a car to help prevent irresponsible teenage driving. The device gathers, analyzes and transmits data to parents via a smartphone app. Using the app, parents can create settings and receive notifications about violations.
For parents of teen drivers, autobeacon sends notifications about the following:
- Number of young passengers allowed in the car
- Option to see who is in the car with the notification camera
- Distracting cell-phone use by the driver while the car is moving
- Driver and front-passenger seatbelt use
- Reckless driving like excessive speed, rapid acceleration, hard braking and sharp turning
- Nighttime driving
- Current location, routes traveled, arrival at and departure from key locations
- Excessively loud music
- Drinking & Driving
- Incident notifications include:
- Who was driving?
- What happened?
- When did it happen?
- Where did it happen? (Displayed on a map)
- What car was driven?
- Optional: picture of the interior of the car.