Derive Automotive strives to design products to improve vehicle performance and to make driving more comfortable and convenient, and has added another mission — to save lives.
The Derive VQ is a mobile app that syncs with a car’s computer through the OBDII port. Parents can use the app to set limits designed to teach good and safe driving habits.
“With smart technology you can ensure that someone is a safe driver,” Derive chief executive David Thawley said in an interview with CNET. “We think this is a great demonstration of ways technology can be used for overall good, and in this case protecting teen drivers.”
For example, the app prevents a vehicle from being started until the driver’s seat belt is properly attached. And once the car is in Drive, the driver’s phone is locked to prevent making or receiving calls or using apps behind the wheel. The technology even provides real-time speed limiting that cuts power when a driver goes beyond the posted limit.