PHH Arval has partnered with ZoomSafer to field what it calls the fleet industry’s first smartphone app that detects when employees are driving and then automatically encourages safe smartphone use.

“It’s really very simple – employee texting, emailing and browsing while driving leads to increased crashes and creates safety hazards on the road,” said George Kilroy, president & CEO, of PHH Arval, a provider of fleet-management services. “We partnered with ZoomSafer to deliver iNmotion in direct response to customers seeking solutions to improve the safety of our roads.”

ZoomSafer, which is a provider of policy software to prevent distracted driving, created the iNmotion software app. Once installed on a driver’s BlackBerry or Android smartphone, the app detects when employees are driving and will automatically enforce company cell phone policies

For example, noted PHH Arval, the app can:

  • Restrict the use of cell phones except for emergency calls
  • Restrict drivers to ‘hands-free mode’ when making and receiving calls
  • Send automated responses that the driver is unavailable via text message or email.

“PHH has a long and outstanding reputation for developing innovative products tailored to meet the constantly changing needs of commercial fleet customers,” said ZoomSafer CEO Matt Howard. “We’re pleased to provide the technology in support of iNmotion and we look forward to helping PHH customers promote safe and legal use of cell phones while driving.”

The software is available for use by drivers in the U.S. and Canada.