Romex World, an innovative technology company specialising in workforce management solutions has had its ‘Driver Protection Application’ awarded “Highly Recommended” status by TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory. The Driver Protection Application is a smartphone app that prevents driver-interaction with the device when the vehicle is in motion. The award was given following the application of a standardised system evaluation protocol devised by TRL that included an in-journey assessment.
Stephanie Cynk, Human Factors Researcher said: “Many third-party in-journey systems come to the market making claims suggesting that they will revolutionise safety with little evidence to support such statements. At TRL, with an independent and impartial status and long, trusted history in the testing of vehicle safety systems, we are delighted to be able to provide the market with an independent evaluation process that will undertake a practical assessment of such systems, provide expert guidance on the likely safety benefit that would be achieved through its use and a recommendation status based on the outcomes of the evaluation.
We congratulate Romex on achieving ‘Highly recommended’ for their Driver Protection App and we look forward to testing more products to provide purchasers, users and developers with insights into the strengths and weaknesses of their in-vehicle safety equipment.”
Steve Arscott, Sales Director for Romex said: “This is a great achievement for our team, we believe that our Driver Protection Application is a truly innovative piece of technology that will go a long way to improving safety on the UK roads. This is supported by the Highly Recommended status awarded to the app by TRL.
Driver distraction now accounts for 26% of road fatalities just a mere 4% behind speeding at 30%*. Unfortunately driver distraction is a global issue with many countries recording similarly shocking statistics relating to road traffic accidents. TRL’s research over many years has demonstrated how mobile phone use can cause significant distraction and in some aspects of driving, can be more dangerous than being at the drink drive limit. We are therefore extremely pleased to have had our product assessed by TRL and for it to achieve a Highly Recommended status.”