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May 8, 2017 8:50 AM, EDT

Maven Machines Launches Earbud Version of Driver Safety Headset

Maven Machines

Maven Machines has released a much smaller, Bluetooth earbud version of its wireless safety headset, which provides real-time monitoring of driver fatigue and distraction.

The Maven Co-Pilot SE smart earbud measures the driver’s head position to provide early warnings for drowsy and distracted driving.

Maven Machines’ initial smart headset product, the Maven Co-Pilot, uses an over-the-ear format preferred by over-the-road truck drivers, but the new, smaller in-ear headset provides an option better suited to some other industry segments, the company said.

“For example, [less-than-truckload] and delivery drivers who are in and out of the truck frequently, and service drivers who engage directly with customers expressed an interest in a sleeker more discreet design,” said Craig Campbell, vice president of marketing.

The company introduced the product May 2 at the National Private Truck Council’s annual conference.

Maven Machines’ wearable system issues alerts to the driver when it detects head bobs, a lower rate of mirror-checks or repeated glances at a mobile device.

The system also communicates with GPS sensors on the driver’s mobile phone to provide verbal coaching for safety metrics such as speeding and hard braking.

“With the release of the new Maven Co-Pilot SE, now any driver, short-haul or longhaul, can benefit from Maven's intelligent wearable devices and get protection and active coaching in a legally compliant hands-free headset or earbud,” Campbell said.