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Zendrive launches smartphone-based automobile accident detection service

Driving data and analytics company Zendrive—a BMW i Ventures portfolio company—announced the availability of Zendrive Accident Detection, a smartphone-based service which instantly determines that an automobile accident has taken place at a particular location.

The technology was refined by repeatedly putting phones into crash-test cars and normal cars on roads, and testing and refining the models on both “accidents” (crash-test collisions) and non-accident events (such as hard brakes, phone drops, etc), until the software had a 100% accuracy rate. There were no instances of false positives or false negatives, according to Zendrive.

BMW is committed to safety on the roads. We supported our portfolio company, Zendrive, by giving them access to our accident testing facilities in order to improve their accident detection algorithms. We are excited to cooperate with Zendrive to improve road safety on this and future projects.

—Dr. Ulrich Quay, Head of BMW i Ventures

Zendrive Accident Detection is initially available for iOS, with the Android version available soon. The service is now available to developers at and can be added to any iPhone app in less than 30 minutes.

Early customers integrating Zendrive’s Accident Detection into their apps and services include:

  • is an on-demand roadside assistance app allowing customers to track the real-time progress of their service request on a map.

  • eDriving. eDriving is a provider of digital driving education and behind-the-wheel training through its and brands.

  • Luxe. Luxe provides on-demand valet parking; the service will pick up and park cars anywhere in San Francisco and LA, soon Chicago, Seattle and Boston.

  • HopSkipDrive. HopSkipDrive is a ride service designed to help busy parents get their kids where they need to go when parents can’t do the driving themselves.


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