Boston's Safest Driver Competition
Now's your chance to find out! Boston’s Safest Driver is a smartphone app that provides you helpful feedback on your driving based upon five metrics:
- cornering, and
- phone distraction.
Please select the Corporate Challenge option if you are an employer of an organization that is a member of:
- the Seaport TMA
- the MASCO TMA, or
- the A Better City TMA
Enter the registration token provided to you by your employer.
It’s easy to play. Just download the app and enter your email address and zip code. Then, go about your daily travel. Users can log trips as drivers, passengers, or while on a bicycle, train, or bus. Check out your scores at the end of a trip and follow the tips to improve.
Whether it’s most improved or overall best driver, get the recognition you deserve! We’ll be giving out prizes every other week for the safest driver, the most improved driver, new drivers to the contest, and car-free trips.
The person crowned City of Boston's Safest Driver will win an overall grand prize of $5,000. An additional $5,000 Safest Driver grand prize will be awarded to a Metro Boston winner. We will also award grand prizes of $3,000 for "Least Distracted" and "Slow and Steady" driver.
You can find the contest rules and qualifications online.
The paradox: an app for safer driving
In 2016, we piloted the competition to great outcomes. In the top 25 percent of users:
Boston’s Safest Driver is a smartphone app developed in partnership with:
- the City of Boston's Transportation Department
- the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, and
- Cambridge Mobile Telematics.
The app provides feedback to drivers on five metrics for each trip they take:
- rapid acceleration
- harsh braking
- sharp turns
- at-risk speeding, and
- phone distraction.
The app logs trips while in the background on the user’s phone. The driver is alerted afterwards of their score for that trip. They are also told how they did on the different factors and given helpful tips to improve in the future.
Instead of a typical safety campaign that tells people how to behave, we want people to reflect on their own skills, challenge their friends, and be rewarded for doing well.