Dr. Ram Dantu's Mobile Life Guard research featured on NSF website

The National Science Foundation has featured CSE Professor Dr. Ram Dantu's"Mobile Life Guard" on the front page of its website. Dr. Dantu and his team created this app that keeps drivers focused and safe on the roads. A year ago, Dr. Dantu was among the first group of scientists to receive a $50,000 National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) award which help scientists and engineers extend their focus beyond the laboratory into the commercial award. The safe driving app is a result of this work.

The app is not commercially available yet but it is currently undergoing a field trial with the insurance industry. If it is successful, safe drivers could receive safe driver discounts. Dr. Dantu says, "Insurance companies see it as an investment in lowering their costs long term."

For more information, see this NSF article.

Thursday, November 1, 2012