Technology Provider PROMPTing Hands-Free Solution To NYTLC Rules

Posted on May 17, 2010

The Connected Car Platform from IMS uses simple voice commands to keep drivers in business as hands-free legislation sweeps across North America.

NEW YORK - Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS) recently brought to market  Prompt, a voice activated dispatch solution to enable the for-hire vehicle industry, such as livery, black car and limousine services, to outfit drivers with a hands-free solution to communicate with the dispatch center, while complying with the recent New York City (NYC) Taxi and Limousine Commission legislation. The new legislation bans the use of handheld electronic devices while driving.

Following the iLane and DriveSync products, Prompt is another example of IMS delivering a Connected Car platform to the marketplace. IMS has partnered with Tecorien for a pilot initiative in New York to provide select livery, black car, and limousine operators and drivers with Prompt.

Prompt is a sleek, portable unit which plugs into a vehicle's cigarette lighter or any 12V outlet, enabling drivers to communicate with dispatch and conduct their business entirely hands-free via simple voice commands. Prompt allows drivers to securely sign in, sign off, receive job information, accept or decline jobs, provide ETA information, provide load/ unload confirmation, and on-scene reports, while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

New TLC regulations ban the use of distracting electronic devices by drivers, including hand-held mobile phones and in-ear Bluetooth devices. TLC licensed drivers in New York now face a "three-strikes-and-you're out" policy, with licenses being revoked for three violations within a 15-month period. However, Prompt allows drivers to perform critical dispatch functions while doing so legally.

"Allowing professional drivers to safely manage their communications via simple voice commands is essential in the current legislative environment," said Tony Cassetta, Chief Operating Officer, IMS. "Prompt is the ideal solution for organizations with drivers on the road who must be able to communicate on-the-fly in order to conduct business."

"With our strong partnership with IMS, Research In Motion and Aleph Inc, and approval of the TLC, we are very proud to present a solution to the new 'Distracted Driver' legislation", said Gene Sorkin, Chief Operating Officer of Tecorien. "We hope we can continue to bring innovative solutions to the industry and enjoy future growth, prosperity, and continued collaboration with all our partners in all our ventures."

Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. (IMS) specializes in the research, development, and production of innovative and progressive solutions in the areas of telematics, automotive safety and mobile media.

IMS' proprietary technologies are aimed at making vehicles safer, smarter and greener. IMS products include: iLane, a hands-free, voice-activated email and content platform for in-vehicle use; and DriveSync the ultimate turn-key telematics platform which enables a variety of solutions including PAYD insurance offerings, fleet monitoring, vehicle tracking, and government programs.

Based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, for more information on IMS please visit.

Tecorien is an industry professional global solution provider of technology and communications based in New York City whose goal is to provide reliable and easy to use solutions to the base owners and drivers in the expanding and ever evolving FHV's (For-Hire-Vehicle) industry around the world.

Related Topics: communications, computerized dispatching solutions, hands free devices, two-way communications

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