Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about a new invention that I’m sure you’ve all heard of by now. In 2013 T.J. Evarts, his sisters, and his friends (aka possibly the smartest group of teens on the planet) premiered their invention the ‘SMARTwheel’ on ABC’s show ‘Shark Tank’ and thus introduced us to the future of safe driving. In 2010 T.J. (then 14 years old) decided to try to find a solution to the texting and driving problems that kids (and really everybody) faces. Not only is it dangerous but it’s also against the driving laws in Georgia and elsewhere across the nation. Those injured because of a distracted driver may want to pursue legal action against them. Over the next 6 years T.J. and his group would develop a product that will not only save lives but will change the way we drive. Hopefully, people will start to take note of this new invention, and will actually start to use it, as it could make people a lot safer at driving.
This isn’t the only way to get people to drive safer on the road though, it doesn’t matter how good a driver you are, accidents will always happen. This is why many people like the idea of taking a defensive driving course (with a company like my improv). This will help teach you safe driving techniques for controlling your vehicle in emergency situations, as well as procedures for handling fatigue, emotional stress, and road rage. If you can take this course, as well as having a SMARTwheel in your car, then there’ll be less chance of an accident happening though.
This might mean that there are fewer accidents on the road. It won’t get rid of accidents altogether though, as accidents will always happen. However, it might just make driving on roads a safer place. As a side note, if you have been involved in a car accident recently, then you should get a lawyer involved. There are loads of law firms out there, such as lamber goodnow who would be more than happy to help you with your case. Anyway, let’s get back to talking about T.J. and his group.
There have only been a few people who you can say have truly changed an industry and I think that it’s safe to say that T.J. and his group will soon join this exclusive group. Yes, there are surely other distracted driving solutions offered by the likes of Lytx, but those are aimed mostly at commercial vehicles and are useful for fleet management. The system that is talked about here, can also be used by individual drivers who are concerned about driving safety. So now that you know a little bit about the history of the ‘SMARTwheel’ I’m sure you’re wondering what this product actually does right? Well keep reading to find out! Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
The ‘SMARTwheel’ has a sensor that produces a buzzing sound and flashing lights when you take both or one of your hands off of the wheel. When you put your hands back on the proper position then the flashing lights and buzzing sound stops. The ‘SMARTwheel’ also has sensors that allow you answer your phone (through the use of a Bluetooth headset), and adjust your windshield wiper speed without taking your hands off of the wheel. Also, when you purchase the wheel, you can get a free app that records how often you take your hands off of the wheel, forms charts & graphs to track how your driving habits change over time, and gives you a grade based off of your progression. The wheel is scheduled to go on sale on smartwheelusa.com in the next few months, and will be priced at $199 (but besides the fact that this product could save your life, you can also get free mp3 songs and gas cards if you buy this product and keep your hands on the wheel). With everyone from MIT, President Obama, and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood endorsing this product, it definitely seems like something worth checking out.
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