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Faced with a high death toll, New Zealand's eDrive uses the web to improve driver skill

Hamilton, New Zealand, July 8 (JY&A Media) Visitors to New Zealand know that the country is one of the most beautiful in the world—but its roads can be treacherous, often due to poor driving behaviour. Dr Robert Isler has sought to remedy that using a web-based interactive tool called eDrive (www.edrive.co.nz).
   In New Zealand, 15- to 25-year-old drivers have the highest death rate in the OECD. In a country of only four million, young drivers caused 800 serious injuries and 122 deaths in 2008. And, in general, driving standards in New Zealand are poor, with 314 deaths in the 12 months to June 29, 2011.
   Compared with Wales, which has a slightly smaller population but worse roads, there were only 89 fatalities in 2009—the figure being, per capita, a third of New Zealand’s.
   However, New Zealand is blessed with a high internet usage rate, which is where eDrive comes in.
   Dr Isler, who has researched road safety as part of his job at the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato, says, ‘New Zealanders get behind the wheel at a younger age than most countries. This is coupled with an overestimation of their driving ability. We had to find a way to improve driving skills, and taking it online was the best way.’
   The eDrive app works on Flash and has 100 video-based traffic simulations that young drivers can access online. Sitting behind the wheel of a realistic simulated car, complete with speedometer, rear-view mirrors and two side mirrors, a driver is encouraged to be vigilant, detecting hazards, assess risks, and adjust their speed to different conditions. High-resolution imagery makes the eDrive experience particularly realistic, reflective of real-life situations that New Zealand drivers would find themselves in. There are night and day driving scenarios.
   Says Dr Isler, ‘Research has shown that novice drivers who practise video-based hazard perception skills on video simulations can reduce their risk when they actually get behind the wheel.’
   Dr Isler and his team, who make up eDrive Solutions Ltd. have managed to incorporate international psychological research into the way eDrive functions.
   It is particularly aimed at 15- to 19-year-old learner drivers, who can access it for free if they sign up to the Practice programme (www.practice.co.nz). The development of eDrive was funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency and the Accident Compensation Corporation and is sponsored by Suzuki New Zealand and BP New Zealand.
   As of August 15, BP Connect will sell the eDrive programme at its outlets in New Zealand, to help improve driver skill for all who get behind the wheel—as older drivers can benefit from having years of bad habits highlighted.
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eDrive opening screen shot
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eDrive screen shot
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eDrive screen shot
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eDrive screen shot: driving on country roads
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eDrive screen shot: urban driving in Dunedin, New Zealand
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eDrive screen shot: section completion message
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About eDrive
eDrive is a programme which was developed over two years in response to the high road toll on New Zealand roads, with particular focus on young drivers. Research has shown that key skills such as spotting, anticipating and managing hazards while on the road, are crucial to avoiding crashes. eDrive helps train these skills in a safe environment, using video-based real-life traffic scenarios. The videos have been filmed on New Zealand roads, simulating a “road trip” from the Bluff to Cape Reinga. Dr Robert Isler, road safety expert, led a team of dedicated New Zealanders from all over the country to develop the programme, with racing driver Greg Murphy, a strong supporter of positive road safety initiatives, as eDrive’s host. The programme was developed in collaboration with the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and is sponsored by BP and Suzuki.
Nadine Isler
E Nadine@edrive.co.nz
T 64 7 823-6960
C 64 27 463-9308
Dr Robert Isler
T 64 7 823-6960
C 64 27 418-8423
Jack Yan
E jack.yan@jyanet.com
T 64 4 387-3213

July 7, 2011   No Comments

Special issue of Journal of Brand Management sees strong Medinge Group participation

Stockholm, July 6 (JY&A Media) The special issue of The Journal of Brand Management, on ‘Conscientious Brands’, has the participation of three senior members and one life member of the Medinge Group, the Swedish-based, high-level branding think-tank.
   Both Medinge Group director Nicholas Ind and life member Ian Ryder have edited the well respected academic journal. The special edition features contributions from director Jack Yan and long-serving member Ava Hakim.
   All papers appearing in the issue have been double-blind peer-reviewed by the editorial board of the Journal, consisting of some of the world’s leading marketing and branding experts.
   The special edition is expected to be released in September.
Jack Yan and 2007 Audi Allroad
Jack Yan with 2007 Audi Allroad Quattro 4·2 (2007)
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The Medinge Group logo
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About the Medinge Group
Founded in 2002, the Medinge Group first published a brand manifesto of eight statements encapsulating a vision of healthy brands for the future. In 2003, the group authored a collection of essays entitled Beyond Branding, which explored the ways in which brands could add value within alternative business and social models. In 2004, the group established the annual Brands with a Conscience list to recognize organizations who epitomize humanistic behaviour; in 2006, Medinge added a special category of recognition named in honour of its late colleague Colin Morley, which acknowledges excellence by an NGO, in keeping with Colin’s humanistic vision. The Medinge Group maintains an online, automated speakers’ and experts’ bureau accessible through its website, medinge.org. In 2007 Medinge launched an online resource, The Journal of the Medinge Group, a digital anthology of papers and articles written by Medinge members.
Jack Yan
CEO, Jack Yan & Associates
Director, the Medinge Group
T 64 4 387-3213
F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com
Stanley Moss
CEO, the Medinge Group
T 1 562 219-2111
E diganzi@gmail.com
Johnnie Moore
T 44 20 7354-5576
E johnnie@johnniemoore.com

July 6, 2011   No Comments