HIAWATHA, Iowa, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ready Mobile, the value leading nationwide mobile service provider, announced today that it is launching Katasi's GrooveTM, the world's first truly effective distracted driving solution. As more U.S. states pass distracted driving laws, Ready Mobile customers will now have the choice to add Groove to their mobile service plans. At the start of a drive, Ready Mobile uses Groove's patented cloud technology to pause the driver's texts, emails, and other data-based distractions in the network before they reach the phone. Within seconds of the drive ending, Groove reestablishes these functions immediately.
The National Safety Council estimates that 1.6 million (25%) of crashes annually are due to cell phone use, and another 1 million (18%) traffic accidents are due to text messaging while driving. Last year alone, more than 3,000 people were killed, and nearly 400,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
"With more and more research detailing the prevalence of the use of cell phones in automobile crashes of teens and young adults, and with 14 U.S. States enacting hand-held cell phone use bans and 47 U.S. States enacting text messaging bans while driving, Groove couldn't come at a better time for drivers", explains Dennis Henderson, CEO of Ready Mobile. "When I started researching a complete solution to the distracted driving epidemic for personal reasons, I was amazed at how all of the app-based solutions currently available are easily tricked or disabled. The only way to truly eliminate distracted driving is via the wireless network, at the cell tower, before the distraction ever reaches the phone. That's why we partnered with Katasi, and we couldn't be more excited to be first to market with this life-saving solution."
Groove has been featured prominently in the news including Katie Couric's Yahoo News World 3.0, the New York Times, and most recently on CNN. "Every time a story runs, we get thousands of messages from eager consumers that say "I have to get this for my family" says Scott Tibbitts, founder of Katasi. "Groove is an effective solution to what is now a critical national safety issue. We have been searching for a mobile service provider with the vision, social responsibility, and technology prowess to be the first to deploy this important service that will save thousands of lives. Ready Mobile checks all those boxes and we couldn't be more excited to announce them as our exclusive launch partner."
In a study by AAA, the nation's leading automobile non-profit member service organization, they found that it can take a driver 27 seconds to refocus on the road after using a cell phone – in which time a car moving at 25 mph can travel the length of three football fields. The organization also found that two-thirds of all drivers support restrictions on cell phone use while driving.
Katasi is working with wireless networks in the U.S. and abroad so that Groove is available from multiple mobile service providers. Until then Groove will be available exclusively from Ready Mobile. Ready Mobile offers nationwide coverage on the premier wireless networks in the U.S., meaning any customer can switch their service to Ready Mobile and use their current phone (or purchase a new phone) and get the same great service they are accustomed to, while also putting an end to dangerous distracted driving.
About Ready Mobile:
Ready Mobile™ is a leading mobile service provider, offering nationwide coverage on the premier wireless networks in the US. Its mission of creating great service, offering great value, making great impact is manifest in its focus on providing quality mobile service at an affordable price, and offering products and services that bring real value to the lives of families. Ready Mobile is committed to putting an end to distracted driving, through its own products and services, and building awareness through advocacy.
Ready Mobile is a part of the Ready Wireless brand family. www.ReadyMobile.com
Katasi is a technology development company headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, committed to "Making Distracted Driving an Unacceptable Human Behavior". Katasi is the world's leading provider of network-level distracted driving solutions. Katasi's patented, proprietary cloud-based technologies are regarded by distracted driving experts world-wide, as the first truly effective solution to distracted driving. www.Katasi.com
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