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eDrive to launch at BP Connect stores nationally

Hamilton, August 15 eDrive, the web-based interactive driver training tool designed to help lower New Zealand’s high road toll, will go on sale at BP Connect stores nationally from August 15.
   BP, with its commitment to road safety, sees eDrive as a way of helping not only the at-risk 15- to 25-year-old group, but older drivers who could benefit from a boost to their training as well.
   BP Managing Director Mike McGuinness says, ‘Road safety is a major issue in New Zealand. By giving our young people the skills to deal with hazards on the road, we can make a real difference.
   ‘We’re really pleased that eDrive will be available at BP Connect stores. Many parents visit our stores every day. We hope that by making eDrive available, they can bring home something which could save their children from a serious accident.’
   BP Connect stores will sell access codes to the eDrive programme at $25 incl. GST for a nine-month subscription. Customers can go to the store and purchase a voucher code, which they then enter into the website at www.edrive.co.nz. To find the nearest BP Connect store, customers can visit www.bp.com.
   The eDrive app works using the freely downloadable softwarre 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.
   Dr Isler and his team, who make up eDrive Solutions Ltd. have managed to incorporate international psychological research into the way eDrive functions.
   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.
Images can be downloaded from http://jyanet.com/press/photo.htm (password required).

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 sup-porter of positive road safety initiatives, as eDrive’s host. The programme was developed in collaboration with the New Zealand Trans-port Authority (NZTA) and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and is sponsored by BP NZ and Suzuki NZ.
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

August 14, 2011   No Comments

JY&A Fonts adds rupee symbol to majority of range

Wellington, August 9 JY&A Fonts (http://jya.net/fonts), the typeface design arm of Jack Yan & Associates, announces that the majority of its font range now includes the Indian rupee symbol. It is among the first typefoundries to issue fonts with the new symbol.
   The fonts are now available for licensing from MyFonts.com and Typos in Switzerland, with retail licensing beginning at other distributors, including Phil’s Fonts, Fonts.com, Fontspring and Fontdeck later in the year.
   OpenType or Pro versions of JY Ætna, JY Alia, JY Décennie, JY Décennie Express, JY Décennie Titling, JY Integrity, JY Pinnacle, JY Tranquility and Yan Series 333 JY all now have the rupee symbol, done to the Unicode 6 standard. That means computer users who are running compatible software will be able to access the official rupee symbol that was approved by India’s cabinet last July through these font families.
   Jack Yan, founder and the designer behind most of the typeface families, has ties to India, primarily through academia. ‘I fell in love with India on my travels, and when the symbol was announced, I felt compelled that we should add it in for designers and all computer users in this wonderful country,’ he says.
   Mr Yan, who was born in Hong Kong, says that he tried to blend Asian and western influences into his rupee designs.
   The rupee symbol can be accessed on new keyboards in India by pressing Alt Gr + 4 together.
Images for this release may be downloaded at <http://jyanet.com/info/2011/08/typefoundry-adds-rupee-symbol-to-majority-of-font-range>.

PDF booklet announcing the rupee-equipped fonts from JY&A Fonts (444 kbyte)
About JY&A Fonts
JY&A Fonts (http://jya.net/fonts) is part of Jack Yan & Associates, an independent global communications company founded in 1987. It is the oldest digital typefoundry in New Zealand and one of the longest-running in the southern hemisphere. JY&A Fonts, which has created typefaces both for retail sale and for private commissions, is known for its meticulous attention to detail, its careful and extensive use of kerning pairs, and elegant, restrained designs. JY&A Fonts represents designs from Jack Yan, Jure Stojan, David Philpott, Greg Bastin, Todd Hallock, Mark Geard, and Antonio González de Santiago.
Notes to editors
All trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.
Jack Yan, CEO
Jack Yan & Associates
T 64 4 387-3213, F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com
Amanda Dolheguy, Director
Delineate Ltd.
T 64 3 366-3690, cellphone 64 21 328-869
E amanda@jya.net

August 8, 2011   No Comments