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News 5 Cleveland - Teen driving technology a fast growing part of the new and used car market

By Cellcontrol Team | 1 March, 2018

Cellcontrol was featured in a recent 5 News Cleveland piece on auto technology directed at teendrivers today at the Cleveland Auto Show. 

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Apps, devices give parents control of teen's phone to prevent distracted driving

By Cellcontrol Team | 26 February, 2018

Cellcontrol was recently featured in a KPRC News 2 Houston story on distracted driving. 

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AAA Foundation Study: Drivers using a mobile device are up to 8x more likely to crash

By Jesse Hoggard | 20 February, 2018

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released a study that found that a driver's likelihood of crash increases up to 8 times whenever they're using a mobile device. Cited as one of the first epidemiological studies published on the topic in more than 10 years, results also conclued that a driver's chance of crash goes up 4 times when talking on a mobile device, whether using a hands-free system or handheld device.

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Fleet Owner Magazine: Estes Taking Back Control

By Cellcontrol Team | 16 January, 2018

In January, Cellcontrol was featured in the story, Estes Taking Back Controlin Fleet Owner MagazineThe article details the journey of Cellcontrol client Estes Services as they saught to combat distracted driving in their fleet. An exerpt is below with a link to the full story.

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Consumer Reports: The Dangers of Driving While Distracted

By Cellcontrol Team | 16 November, 2017

On November 16, Cellcontrol was featured in the story, The Dangers of Driving While Distractedin Consumer Reports by Greg Gardner

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New York Times: Eyes on the Road Not on the Phone

By Cellcontrol Team | 11 September, 2017

On September 11, Cellcontrol was featured in the story, Eyes on the Road, Not on the Phone, in Tech Tips by J. D. Biersdorfer

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Insurance Journal: Ohio Mutual Offering Premium Discounts with Cellcontrol Drive ID Technology Use

By Cellcontrol Team | 18 August, 2017
Cellcontrol and Ohio Mutual Insurance, based in Bucyrus, Ohio, are partnering on a program to reduce distracted driving by offering a 10 percent discount on auto policy premiums when insureds use Cellcontrol’s DriveID technology.
In response to the unprecedented rise in auto accidents in the U.S. caused by distracted driving, Ohio Mutual is joining forces with Cellcontrol to protect teen drivers from distracted driving and help them become better drivers in the process.

As part of Ohio Mutual’s Ascend Auto program, Ohio Mutual’s policyholders in Ohio with drivers under age 21 can enjoy a 10 percent discount for using Cellcontrol.

According to NHTSA, distracted driving causes accidents that kill eight people and injure over 1,100 more each day in the United States alone. Car crashes are also the number one killer of teenagers between 16-19 years of age. The story in Ohio is similar, with crashes, as well as distracted driving tickets issued both on the rise.

Cellcontrol’s patented distracted driving prevention platform eliminates talking, texting and browsing on any mobile device while a vehicle is in motion. Cellcontrol also collects a robust set of driver behavior data to provide valuable feedback to improve driver performance.

Read the full story in Insurance Journal.

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Cellcontrol Featured in Wall Street Journal: America’s Truckers Embrace Big Brother After Costing Insurers Millions

By Cellcontrol Team | 6 June, 2017
By Leslie Scism - leslie.scism@wsj.com | June 4, 2017 8:00 a.m. ET
Link to Article: http://bit.ly/cellcontrol-savings652017
Insurers have a message for America’s truckers: Let us monitor your every move or we might take away your coverage.

Behind the push are surging losses for many insurance companies as an improved economy hasled to more crowded roads and more accidents. Meanwhile, smartphones have proliferated, increasing distracted driving. Last year, the commercial auto-insurance industry lost an estimated $716 million before taxes on policies, as costs totaled nearly $112 for every $100 of premium they  collected, according to researchers at investment management firm Conning Inc.
The business line’s underwriting results have been deteriorating since 2011, and are at their worst level since 2001, according to data collected from insurers by ratings firm A.M. Best.

To keep losses from repeating, insurers are increasing premiums across much of a business that generated $28 billion in premiums last year. Increases have ranged from low-single-digit percentages to 30% a year, companies and brokers say. Some insurers have even exited certain types of coverage altogether, including American International Group Inc.

Insurers are more likely to renew coverage, however, if a customer adopts sometimes-invasive technology. As a result, a wide range of commercial operators are installing cameras in the cabs of their vehicles, and cellphone applications to block use while a vehicle is in motion.

“We’re in the same boat as everyone else who operates a fleet in Atlanta: how to not lose our coverage,” said Ellis Lowe, human-resources manager at Estes Services, a heating and air-conditioning firm. “Insurance companies are tightening up.” Estes’s annual premium for auto insurance, in the low six figures, has risen more than 20% over the past two years, Mr. Lowe said. The firm just finished installing a program called Cellcontrol on phones of 112 technicians. The technology detects a vehicle’s motion and can be programmed to prevent drivers from any calling, app use, texting and emailing unless the vehicle is stopped, said Robert Guba, chief executive of Cellcontrol.
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