When subscribed to the Gold or Platinum Membership, Driving Events can help families better understand their driving behaviors and take action to become better, safer drivers. Below is a list of the different events and how they're being tracked.
NOTE: CDMA cell carriers (including Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular) do not always support internet while on a phone call. If your cell provider does not support internet while on a phone call, our system will not be able to update your movement, driving behaviors or detect a collision if you are on a phone call.
Shown when the vehicle comes to an abrupt stop or hits the brakes aggressively. In terms of speed, this is roughly equal to braking hard enough to slow the vehicle by about 8 miles per hour or more in one second. Hard braking may be a sign of distracted driving or speeding.
Identifies a sudden burst of speed in a short amount of time, defined as an increase in speed of about 8 miles per hour or more in one second. Rapid acceleration can be a possible sign of reckless or distracted driving.
The app determines phone usage by detecting movement of the phone including orientation change and locking or unlocking your phone while moving at a driving speed. It will not detect phone usage when the vehicle is stopped or if the phone is being used with a hands-free device. Many cars these days have hands-free Bluetooth capabilities that allow for both making and receiving calls without the driver removing their hands from the wheel or having to touch their phone at all due to steering wheel control buttons and voice-activated calling. Also, many cars will display and read out loud, incoming text messages. Because of these features, drivers are able to carry on phone conversations without being involved in what is commonly called "distracted driving", which involves the driver holding the phone in the hand, looking down at the phone to read texts, reply to texts, dial and answer a call.
For this reason, phone usage in the app is determined by handling and movement such as what would be caused by "distracted driving".
High speed displays when the vehicle exceeds 80 mph. Over 80 mph is considered a high-risk speed. A high-speed is one that is measured for at least 30 seconds, so short bursts of speed may not be recorded in the app. At this time, the high-speed detection does not take into account the speed limit on the road that the vehicle is on at the time. We are working on providing this feature in a future update.
Top speed is reported at the end of a drive after all data is accumulated for the drive. At this time, we are not able to pinpoint the exact location where the highest speed was located on the map. We are working on providing this feature in a future update.
Driving detection and behaviors will not be monitored if the device battery is 10% or less.
EXAMPLE SCREENSHOT BELOW:
NOTE: The following image shows the small pop-up on the map that appears when you tap on 'High Speed' in the orange circle. It shows the spot on the map where high speed occurred. In this image, there are five instances of high speed shown in the orange circle. Tapping it again will show the second location of hard braking.
*This can be done for any of the driving events shown on the map.